Tigerville, S.C. – After losing a physical match last Saturday against Emmanuel College, the Crusaders returned home on Tuesday to play against their toughest opponent of 2010, the USC-Aiken Pacers.
The Pacers, members of the Division II Peach Belt Conference, began the game attacking the Crusader defense and scoring the game’s first goal in the middle of the first half. The game was a tale of two halves as the Crusaders rebounded to win the contest 2-1.
“In the first half the chemistry just wasn’t there,” said head coach Chad Gfeller.” But at half time we talked about paying with a bit more heart and the guys responded in the second half.”
The Crusaders responded early with a goal from sophomore midfielder Marcus Krall. Krall, who scored his second goal in as many games, placed the ball into the bottom of the net on an assist from junior midfielder Chandler Patterson.
The second goal for North Greenville came from the foot of forward Sergio Loaiza. Defender Ben Bosco recorded the game’s second assist as his free kick from just outside the box glanced off the foot of Loaiza into the bottom corner of the net.
“It was good to get a win against a quality opponent and give us momentum for the future,” said Gfeller.
The Crusaders (3-1) play again on Friday against Truett-McConnell College at 7 p.m. in Pepsi Stadium.