Tigerville – North Greenville advanced to the Conference Carolinas semi-finals after breezing to a 20-4 win over Barton College, Tuesday afternoon in Pepsi Stadium.
North Greenville advances to league final four for the third consecutive season. The win over the Bulldogs also ensured that NGU will take on Limestone College in the semi-finals for the third postseason in a row. NGU is still looking for its first win over the Saints, including regular and postseason matchups.
Kyle Hunziker got the Crusaders off to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter with back-to-back scores. Hunziker got an assist from Chris Carpenter on his first score of the day. Barton waited until the second quarter to react, scoring a pair of unanswered goals of their own to even it up at two.
NGU’s defense would clamp down on the first year program, allowing just three more shots on frame in the first half. The Bulldogs tacked on two more goals in the final 30-minutes of play but were held at bay otherwise. For the game, Barton fired off 23-shots on goal.
NGU Goalie Braeden Dixon was equal to the task. The junior finished with 20-saves on those 23-shots from the Bulldogs and also picked up three ground balls in the winning process. NGU used a big second quarter to create some breathing room. Two players scored in the second quarter for North Greenville including Thomas Cecere who capped a six score frame with four scores of his own to make it 8-2 at intermission.
Cecere would add a pair of goals in the second half to add to his game-high six scores. NGU’s offense overpowered the Bulldogs on Tuesday, firing off 66-shots including 37 shots on frame, both of which were season highs. North Greenville defenders were equal to the task, causing six turnovers led by four from Sky Dupree, a game-high.
Chris Carpenter was second on the team in goals with three scores to go along with three assists while Alex Proly tacked on two scores and two assists of his own.
Ethan Landreth and Kyle Hunziker both finished with two scores on the afternoon.
Jon Watson led all players with six grounders while Cecere added four and Dkypree and Dixon both had three.
Next Time Out
North Greenville heads to Mount Olive, North Carolina to take on Limestone College on Friday afternoon at 12 PM.