Brevard, N.C. - The North Greenville men's soccer team fell to host Brevard College on a cold and windy afternoon in North Carolina due to two late second half goals.
For the season the Crusaders fall to 5-9 while the Tornados improve to 5-13-1.
The first half was scoreless but the Crusaders had their chances to jump out to an early lead. Freshman Jonathan Restrepo saw an early free kick get carried by the wind past the goal in the 3rd minute, and sophomore Benjamin Allen had a one-on-one with Tornado keeper Jerry Hatsady but was unable to slip his shot into the net.
The Crusaders dominated statistically in the first half, recording nine shots to the Tornados two, but only one of North Greenville's shots were on target. Crusader keeper Nick Williams faced two Brevard shots in the half, but neither was close enough to the goal for him to record a save.
In the second half, in the 54th minute Crusader keeper Nick Williams was called for a foul. The resulting free kick was hammered home by Jussi Halonen to give the Tornados a 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders went on the offensive after the goal, with sophomore Manuel Izquierdo, Restrepo, and junior Max Duarte constantly peppering shots at the Tornado keeper, but the aggressiveness of the attack went for naught as the Tornados scored again in the 89th minute of the match to seal the game, 2-0.
For the game the Crusaders outshot Brevard 19-11. Tornados keeper Hatsady recorded seven saves for the match, while Williams collected three on his end.
The Crusaders finish up their season on Saturday, November 1st, when they travel down to Franklin Springs, Ga. to take on Emmanuel College. Kickoff time is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Tornados also play on Saturday as they travel to take on Catawba College with a start time of 4 p.m.