Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville men’s soccer team opened its Conference Carolinas’ portion of the schedule with a 3-1 victory over Barton College on Saturday night in Pepsi Stadium.
Barton began the scoring by netting its only goal of the game in the 32nd minute to gain an early 1-0 advantage.
The Crusaders answered back quickly after Ben Allen scored his first goal of the season on a penalty kick after Alex Redding was fouled in the box.
After halftime, the game was all North Greenville as the Crusaders scored two more goals in the final 45 minutes to pull away and capture their first ever win in Conference Carolinas competition.
North Greenville’s second goal of the game came from the foot of sophomore Ben Montry who received a cross from Chandler Patterson and put the ball into the back of the net to go up 2-1 in the 54th minute. Mark Sterr added an extra goal in the 61st minute to clinch the victory for North Greenville. Sterr scored his fourth goal of the season on an assist from Montry.
The Bulldogs offense outshot the Crusaders 21-15 but keeper Justen Braddock kept North Greenville in the game with seven saves.
"Our guys played with a true team effort tonight," said head coach Chad Gfeller. "It was their goal to make a statement and prove their ability to play with a quality team in out new conference. I am proud of the way they represented North Greenville University tonight."
The Crusaders (2-1, 1-0) will be on the field again in Greenwood, SC as they travel to take on Lander University on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.