Tigerville, S.C. – Jake Foster put in five goals on Wednesday while Braeden Dixon maintained a shutout for 30-minutes of action as NGU earned a 19-4 win over Shorter College.
Austin Dixon got the scoring started two minutes into the first half, taking advantage of a pass from Blake Thompson to make the score 1-0. Dixon would tack on one more goal in the opening period while Foster got his first of the day as the Crusaders took a 5-0 lead.
Foster powered North Greenville to a seven-goal lead in the second quarter with back-to-back one timers. Andrew Loach added another one in the second to earn the Crusaders an 8-0 edge at halftime. North Greenville’s offense put the pressure on the Hawks in the first half, firing 33-shots, 25 of which was on goal.
On the other side, NGU’s defense kept Shorter’s offense in check, holding the Hawks to just five total shots. Dixon faced four shots on goal, saving each one. The Crusaders finished with 60 total shots, 49 of which were on frame while the Hawks finished with just 12 shots on goal.
NGU continued to pour it on in the third quarter scoring seven goals to extend the lead. The Hawks finally broke through in the third, ending North Greenville’s streak of 13-unaswered scores. The goal made the score 13-1,but the Crusaders added one more to their quarter total as Matt Miller scored to take a 14-1 lead.
The two squads traded goals in the fourth quarter with NGU getting the last say so. The Crusaders started off the final quarter of play with a goal from Fletcher Steveson with an assist from Trent Armitage to extend the lead to 16-1. Armitage would also score once in the quarter along with Hayden Ruckhaber and Jon Watson.
The Hawks scored three goals in the final minutes of play but it all for naught as NGU wrapped up the non-conference victory and the first victory over the Hawks in three trys. North Greenville improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Tigerville.
13 different players scored for the Crusaders on Wednesday led by Foster’s five. Austin Dixon scored two goals to along with a team high three assists while Ethan Landreth also added two goals. Landreth led the team with six ground balls while Jaren Szafranski and Chris Wieckhorst caused three turnovers each.
The Crusaders Walsh University on Saturday afternoon at 1pm in Pepsi Stadium.