Toccoa Falls, GA – The North Greenville University men’s soccer squad opened up the 2013 season in dominating fashion, downing Toccoa Falls College 9-2 on the road.
Senior Ben Montry got the scoring started with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute of play before fellow senior Todd Johnston scored on an assist from sophomore Ara Zadoorian in the 15th minute to gain an early two-goal lead.
The Crusader offense struck again in the 22nd minute on an unassisted goal by sophomore Thales Wieczorek and again in the 28th minute of play as Johnston scored again, this time on an assist from freshman Jonny Lind.
Montry scored his second goal of the game in the 31st minute on an assist from Wieczorek, while Toccoa Falls scored its first goal of the game in the 41st minute to make the count 5-1 in favor of the Crusaders at the half.
North Greenville carried over its first half success in to the final period as Lind recorded his first career goal in the 50th minute after collecting a rebound and placing the shot past the keeper.
Johnston secured the hat trick with his third goal of the game in the 53rd minute on an assist from junior Jonathan Arango, while the Eagles netted their final goal of the game in the 66th minute of play.
Sophomore Adam Turner scored his first goal of the young season on an assist from fellow sophomore Brandon Harrison in the 78th minute before sophomore Doug Cordi scored a goal in the 81st minute to secure the 9-2 victory.
North Greenville dominated on both sides of the ball, outshooting Toccoa Falls 24-6 in the contest as freshman DJ Baker totaled three saves to earn the win in his first career game.
"I am very pleased with the performance of our guys tonight," sadi head coach Chad Gfeller. "They were able to find a rhythm early and did a great job of executing our game plan. I am excited to see if we can keep the consistency of our play this weekend."
The Crusaders (1-0, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) will return home to host Chowan University on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. in Pepsi Stadium.