Late goal dooms Crusaders in nonconference match
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Late goal dooms Crusaders in nonconference match

North Greenville lost a heartbreaking game on a late goal to the Columbia International Rams by a final score of 3-2.

The Crusaders opened the game on their front foot and quickly found the back of the net thanks to Chris Inman's strike in the 12th minute. Inman latched onto a pass from Victor Labi and was able to place it past the Rams's keeper to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead. The Rams would respond twenty minutes later with a strike of their own, as Columbia International's Jed Blanchat leveled the score in the 32nd minute. The teams would trade shots for the rest of the first half but neither could break through, and the score would stay at 1-1 as they headed into halftime.

The Rams would be the ones with the strong start in the second half, as they jumped into the lead in the 54th minute. Daniel Mallard would put the Rams ahead, beating Crusader keeper Mateo Barzola off a corner kick to make the score 2-1. Andre Cakar responded with a goal of his own in the 71st minute to make the score 2-2 as the teams headed into a stressful final 10 minutes.

Columbia International found the breakthrough in the 87th minute as Mallard scored his second of the game to put the Rams ahead 3-2. North Greenville could not find a third goal, and the Rams took the win.

The Crusaders showed some optimism in attack, notching 12 shots on the night, and Barzola spent the full 90 minutes in goal, recording five saves.

North Greenville returns to the pitch on October 17 to take on the King University Tornado. Kickoff for the conference match is set for 9 p.m. in Pepsi Stadium.