In most college athletics, rarely do division II teams such as North Greenville play the likes of division I teams like the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina.
However on Wednesday the rarity became a reality when the Crusaders traveled to Pickens, S.C. to take the Tigers of Clemson University. Despite NGU’s best effort the Tigers took the early evening match 6-0.
The Crusaders fought valiantly throughout the 90 minute contest however the speed and ACC experience proved too much for the Crusaders. Heading into halftime Clemson was up 2-0 on North Greenville. The Crusaders put 6 shots on goal in the first period and came close to scoring in the 9th minute when Max Duarte put a shot on goal that was blocked by the Clemson goal keeper. Seth Snyder, Jonathan Restrepo, and Chandler Patterson also put shots on goal but could not find the back of the net.
Clemson went on to score 4 goals in the second period denying the Crusaders a possible upset. “We knew they were going to be a very good team” said head coach Chad Gfeller “I thought our guys played exceptionally well despite playing a division I team. They were not intimidated at all.” The Crusaders next match will be a contest Saturday against Virginia Intermont which kicks off at 4pm.