Black Mountain, N.C. – The North Greenville men’s soccer team mounted a valiant comeback against Montreat but fell to the Cavaliers 3-2 in OT in the first game of the 2011 season on Thursday night.
Montreat scored first goal in the 13th minute and second goal in the 40th minute, both by Maximiliano Viera, to give the Cavaliers a two goal advantage.
After being down 2-0 at the half, Crusaders adjusted and scored their first goal in the 48th minute to close the gap to one. After firing multiple shots at the Montreat goalkeeper, North Greenville broke through just 10 minutes later with a goal in the 58th minute to even the score at 2-2.
Mark Sterr, a sophomore forward playing in his first collegiate game, scored both goals for the Crusaders. Sterr was assisted on his first goal by defender Michael Prevett and forward Jon Restrepo, while defender Wil Pickel assisted on the game-tying goal. Viera completed his hat trick after scoring the game-winning goal on a cross just five minutes into the overtime period to seal the victory for Montreat.
“Tonight was a tough game overall and very tough goal to lose on,” said head coach Chad Gfeller. “I am overall very happy with the way the guys played and we are looking forward to getting back out there next week.”
The Crusaders (0-1) will host their first home game of the season on Sept. 7 in Pepsi Stadium. North Greenville will take on Virginia Intermont with kickoff set for 7 p.m.