Winter Park, Florida- The North Greenville Crusaders gave the #20 Rollins Tars a run for their money Saturday afternoon at Barker Family Stadium.
The Tars struck first as Greg Taicher scored the opening goal with 12:05 left to play in the first period. The Crusaders answered back quickly with a goal scored by Blake Thompson to put the Crusaders back in the game. The Tars then went on to score 3 unanswered goals until Jake Foster scored a 10 second goal to finish off the first period of play with North Greenville trailing by two.
But Jake Foster wasn’t done yet, with the assist of Chris Wieckhorst Jake scored the first goal of the second period to make the score 4-3. Rollins Blake Buell would go on to score later in the second but not without Foster scoring yet another goal with the assistance of Alex Prolly to give Foster his hat trick. The score would be 4-5 with 9:40 left to play in the second period when the Crusaders would rally to get one more goal in the first half by Ethan Landreth with the assistance of Austin Dixon to tie the game up before going into the half.
The Tars come out hot after the half scoring 3 more unanswered goals to make the score 8-5 until once again Jake Foster breaks the streak with the assistance of Dixon to make the score 8-6 to end the third Period. Once again the Tars come out strong in the fourth period with a goal scored by Tommy Keane to make the score 9-6.
The Crusaders will go on to score two back to back goals, the first being by Alex Proly his first of the day and the second by Jake Foster his fifth of the day making the score 8-9 with 7:20 left to play. The Tars will rally two goals to make the score 8-11 giving the crusaders 3:26 to score three.
Proly answers back quick scoring his second goal of the day with 2:35 left to play. The Crusaders Austin Dixon will score his first goal of the game with 0:50 left on the fourth period. That will end the Crusaders run with the final score being 10-11 in the Rollins Tars favor. Foster ended the day as the Crusaders lead scorer with five goals. Proly and Dixon lead the team with 2 assist a peace to finish out the day.
The Crusaders will fall 5-4 after today’s tough loss but hope to bounce back next Thursday March 23, as they take on the Lindenwood Lions at Pepsi Stadium at 4 p.m. in Tigerville, South Carolina.