Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville’s 2017 season came to an end on Friday evening with a 16-6 loss to the second ranked Limestone Saints in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament.
The Saints jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on North Greenville before Jake Foster put NGU on the board with a goal at 10:46, cutting the lead to 3-1. The goal was short-lived though as the Saints quickly padded the lead with five unanswered scores to gain an 8-1 edge. NGU got a goal from Austin Dixon in the first period and a second from Foster with 4:37 left to go but the Saints garnered a 12-3 lead at intermission.
North Greenville’s defense stepped up in the second half and gave the Crusaders a chance. Backed by keeper Braeden Dixon, the Saints scored just twice in the third quarter. North Greenville answered with two goals in the same period, pulling the Crusaders to within 9. Jake Foster’s third of the game and Ethan Landreth’s one timer answered a pair of Limestone goals as the game headed to the fourth period with the score 14-5.
In the end, the Crusaders were unable to overcome the deficit as the Saints tacked on two more goals in the fourth quarter. Hunter Burgett added one more for NGU with 12:20 left on the clock but goals at the 9:50 and 3:51 marks proved costly as the Saints ended NGU’s record breaking season.
North Greenville was led by Jake Foster who finished with three scores. Sky Dupree led the team with four groundballs while Alex Proly finished with three. Dupree and Proly also had a pair of caused turnovers. For Limestone, Sheehan led with four scores while Cornetta and Watkinson had three each. Braeden Dixon finished the game with 10-saves in the cage.
North Greenville finishes the season at 9-9 while the Saints improve to 16-1.