Tigerville, S.C. - North Greenville's bid for an upset fell short on Saturday as the 15th ranked Mount Olive Trojans escaped Tigerville with a 12-6 win over the Crusaders.
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter. North Greenville countered with its first goal of the game at 14:37 in the second quarter as Drew Warren Scored his sixth goal of the season.
Warren's seventh goal of the year would come a minute later and give North Greenville a 2-1 lead as he took an assist from Drew Wassenaar and fired on goal to give NGU its only advantage of the game.
Mount Olive would score once in period as Spencer Gelinas accounted for the equalizer with 4:46 left in the game. The goal was Gelinas' fourth of the season and send the teams to halftime tied 2-2.
Mount Olive gained control of Saturday's contest in the third quarter when three, unanswered goals left North Greenville down 5-2. The Crusaders would fight back to 5-4 on goals from Wassenaar and Hunter Burgett but the Trojans would go on another score streak to close out the third quarter, taking an 8-4 lead into the final period.
Wassenaar scored his second and third goals of the game in the fourth quarter but the Trojans proved too much as they added four more. The Crusaders fell to 1-1 in Conference Carolinas play while the Trojans improved to 1-0. NGU dropped to 3-6 overall.
Wassenaar and Warren led NGU in goals with three and two. Alex Proly collected seven groundballs while Matthew Sandoval accounted for 14 saves. Jalen Bell was 7 of 21 in faceoff attempts. The Crusaders finished with 26 shots compared to 37 for Mount Olive.
The Crusaders will be back in action on March 23rd when they travel to Gaffney, South Carolina to take another ranked team in Limestone College. Faceoff between NGU and the Saints is scheduled for 7pm.