Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville won its second consecutive game Saturday afternoon with a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Pioneers of Tusculum College.
Tusculum took an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter until Drew Warren evened the tally at 1-1 with a goal at the 11:40 mark of the second quarter. The Crusaders opened up the offense in the second period scoring five, including two from Chris Carpenter. NGU carried a 5-3 lead into intermission.
Tusculum cut NGU's lead to one goal at the 11:45 mark as Tyler Klarner round the back of the net to make the score 5-4. North Greenville then scored three unanswered including a goal to open up the second period to extend the lead to 8-4. Alex Proly led the charge with back-to-back goals in the third.
Tusculum had its best period of the game in the fourth scoring four straight to even the score at 8-8. Chris Carpenter's third goal of the game would earn NGU the win though as he scored on an assist from Proly. Jalen Bell would win the final faceoff as North Greenville ran out the clock. Bell finished 13 of 21 in face-offs with 11 ground balls to lead the team.
Carpenter led NGU with three goals while Alex Proly registered two. Ethan Landreth and Matt Somjak also scored for the Crusaders. Matthew Sandoval finished the game with six saves.
The Crusaders improved to 2-2 on the season after the non-conference win over the Pioneers. NGU will travel to Young Harris College on March 2nd for a 7pm faceoff.