Laurinburg, NC – In a high scoring affair, the North Greenville University men’s soccer team earned its fourth straight win after defeating St. Andrews College 5-2 on Thursday afternoon.
Crusader keeper Stephen Arneson got his second start of the season against the lowly Knights of St. Andrews (2-9, 1-7 in conference) but allowed two goals in the first half, prompting head coach Chad Gfeller to make the switch to the usual starter Justen Braddock. The switch keyed a North Greenville offensive explosion leading to two second half goals and the Crusaders fifth conference victory.
North Greenville and St. Andrews combined for five first half goals before the Crusaders gained control and secured the victory.
Midfielder Ben Allen began the scoring for North Greenville with an unassisted goal in the 12th minute to score his second goal of the season.
Luis Mattei scored his first goal as a Crusader in the 24th minuteon an assist from Jonathan Restrepo to put North Greenville up two goals before sophomore Alex Redding recorded an unassisted goal in the 27th minute to give the Crusaders a 3-0 advantage.
The Knights scored goals in the 28th and 44th minutes to make the halftime score 3-2 in favor of North Greenville.
After making the switch in goal, the North Greenville stepped up its intensity and shutout St. Andrews in the second half.
Restrepo was in the giving mood all game as he assisted on David Frazao’s first goal of the season in the 82nd minute.
Redding scored his second goal of the game and fourth of the season just minutes later to make the final score 5-2. Redding received a pass from Julian Sanchez and placed the ball safely into the back of the net to secure the victory.
North Greenville outshot St. Andrews 23-10 in the game as Arneson (1) and Braddock (1) combined for two saves.
With the win, the Crusaders (6-4, 5-2) remain in second place in the Conference Carolinas standings. North Greenville will take the road again on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Gaffney, S.C. to take on conference foe Limestone College (6-3, 3-1) at 3 p.m.