Tigerville, S.C. - Taylor Kennington scored five goals Monday afternoon leading North Greenville to an 18-8 win over the University of Pikeville in Pepsi Stadium.
The Crusaders scored early and often in Monday's high noon contest, earning a 12-4 lead before the end of the first half as Kennington got things started with a goal less than two minutes into the game with an assist from Emily Colson.
Sarah Smith following up Kennington with her eighth goal of the season to put NGU up 2-0 just three minutes into the game. The offense continued to click as Taylor Hames and Natalie Dufresne got in on the action as NGU took a 4-0 lead with 20 minutes left on the first half timer.
Pikeville answered with two goals of its own to cut the North Greenville lead in half with 19:01 left in the half. The Crusaders would plaster four more unanswered goals though to extend the lead to 8-2. Kennington, Smith, and Hames both scored their second goals of the game while Brittany Battisti's first goal gave NGU the six-point lead.
The bears would put the finishing touches on the opening period with their fourth goal of the game to cut the North Greenville lead to eight at intermission. The Crusaders amassed 21-shots in the first 30 minutes while limiting the visiting Bears to just eight.
Dufresne would get the ball rolling for NGU in the second half as she scored five minutes into the final 30-minutes to make the score 13-4. The Crusaders would outscore the 6-4 in the second period as Kennington would three more while Samantha Poppleton and Candace Petit would also get in on the action.
Sydney Taylor earned the win for NGU following 32-minutes of playing time. Taylor recorded two saves on the day while allowing four goals. Hanna Hawkins would lead the Crusaders with five groundballs while also scoring a goal. Hames, Dufresne, and Battisti would score two goals each while Sarah Smith finished with three and two assists. Kennington added four assists to her five goals.
NGU improves to 2-3 on the season after the win over the Bears with a game against against Erskine College scheduled for March 4th. The Crusaders and Flying Fleet will start at 6:30pm in Tigerville.