Newberry, SC - After a fierce second half comeback forced overtime, the North Greenville University men's soccer team suffered a tough non-conference loss to Newberry College 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday afternoon.
The Wolves jumped on the scoreboard early as Luis Thompson scored the team's first goal of the game in just the 2nd minute of play on assists from Anthony Lucido and Gregory Stone to gain a 1-0 advantage. Newberry continued to build on their lead with goals in the 8th and 24th minutes of play, both from Adrian Ochoa to gain a 3-0 advantage at the break.
Despite being behind by three goals, the Crusaders never let up, scoring three second half goals to force overtime. Freshman forward Adam Turner put North Greenville on the board with his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 45th minute to cut the lead to 3-1 with 44 minutes to play.
Just minutes later, junior midfielder Todd Johnston cut the lead to 3-2 in the 51st minute with his fourth goal of the season on an assist from fellow junior midfielder Ben Montry. The Crusaders continued to pressure the Newberry defense and finally broke through with their third and final goal in the 88th minute from the foot of senior forward Luis Mattei, his second of the season.
In the overtime period, Newberry's Bennett Murphy buried a goal into the back of the net in the 94th minute to seal the overtime victory for the Wolves.
North Greenville outshot Newberry 23-8 in the game, including holding the Wolves to just two shots in the second half and overtime as senior goalkeeper Justen Braddock recorded one save in 45 minutes of play and freshman goalkeeper Pablo Dongarra suffered the loss after playing the final 49 minutes of the game.
The Crusaders (3-5-1, 2-3 in Conference Carolinas) will be back into the swing of conference play as they travel to Belmont, NC on Saturday, Oct. 6 to take on the Crusaders of Belmont Abbery College at 3 p.m.