Central, S.C. – The Crusaders took on in-state rival Southern Wesleyan University Saturday night looking to get back on track after a tough week. The Warriors kept the Crusader’s struggles alive dropping North Greenville 3-2 in a hard-fought game.
The game began with each team trading possession and neither being able to get any offensive momentum. However, the Crusaders struck first when midfielder Chandler Patterson played a ball through the Warrior defense to the waiting feet of Alex Redding. Redding fired a shot toward the goal and connected on his first collegiate score in the 25h minute.
Southern Wesleyan would answer quickly with two goals of their own in the 20th and 12th minute to lead 2-1 at halftime.
Coach Chad Gfeller made a few lineup adjustments at halftime and the Crusaders began the second half with an attacking mentality. After a Jonathan Restrepo drew a foul in the box, the Crusaders were awarded a penalty shot in the 65th minute. Ben Bosco connected on the penalty shot to score his third goal of the season and even the score at 2-2.
Southern Wesleyan drew a foul of its own inside the box in the 67th minute and connected on what would be the game-winning goal on a penalty shot.
“I couldn’t ask anymore from our guys tonight,” said Gfeller. “Even with this loss we have a lot of good things we can take away from the game as we look ahead.”
The Crusaders (3-4) will be in action again against St. Andrews on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Pepsi Stadium.