TIGERVILLEóThe North Greenville Crusaders menís soccer team opened the 2007 campaign as they faced the Coker Cobras Wednesday evening at Pepsi Field. Coker won the match 2-1.
NGU jumped on the board early as Danny Cobb scored from the left side of the goal in the first two minutes. However, Cobb paid a price for the goal as he rolled his left ankle. The Cobras answered about fourteen minutes later as they centered the ball and punched it over goalie Cody Blackís head. A North Greenville defender blocked the ball from scoring but the Cobras capitalized on the rebound.
Black redeemed himself as he stopped two shots on goals within ten seconds by diving to his right to stop the first shot and his left to stop the second. Just as the score showed a tough game, the action on the field was just as tough as a combination of four yellow cards and a red card was dispersed throughout both teams. Both teams were deadlocked at one goal to end the first half.
Starting the second half saw just as much excitement as the beginning of the first as the Cobras scored at 43:35 mark. Coker tried a corner kick but was denied on the shot on goal, however, the rebound was able to sneak through.
North Greenville had a golden chance late in the second half when Cobb was rewarded a free kick but was denied and it proved to be the last surge for the Crusaders.
Coker improves to 2-1, while North Greenville fell to 0-1. The Crusaders are back in action as they host Palm Bay Atlantic University on Saturday, September 1st.