Tigerville, S.C. – A late surge by North Greenville was not enough to erase an early five-point deficit on Wednesday night as Catawba College earned a 15-10 win over the Crusaders.
The Indians scored five unanswered goals to open the first half of play. The Crusaders got scores from Rachel Kellogg, Jillian Cheisa, and Emily Colson but Catawba tacked on another pair of scores to extend its lead to 7-3 at intermission.
The Crusaders trailed by four for most of the second half but Cheisa and Kellogg scored back-to-back for the second time of the game to pull NGU to within three with the Indians leading just 9-6 with 19:22 left in the game.
The Indians proved too much in the end for NGU, turning a couple North Greenville miscues into goals to re-extend the lead to five with a pair of goals, putting NGU in an 11-6 hole. The Crusaders finished with 23-turnovers on Wednesday night while the Indians had 25.
North Greenville continued to battle though, once again trimming the lead to three when Monica Colwell scored on a free-position attempt with 10:54 left, leaving NGU trailing just 12-9.
The two squads would trade goals a few minutes later as NGU remained down three after Hanna Hawkins made the score 13-10 with 6:37 left in the game. NGU stayed close but the Indians broke a three minute scoring drought with a goal to extend the lead to 13-10 while another one with 32-seconds left ended NGU’s bid for a comeback win.
Kellogg led the team with three goals while Emily Colson and Monica Colwell and Jillian Cheisa finished with two each. Colson also had NGU’s only assist. Sydney Taylor had 12-saves in net while Sydney Taylor led the team with seven groundballs and three caused turnovers.
North Greenville fell to 7-6 on the season after the loss. The Crusaders will travel to Savannah, Georgia on April 15th to take on the Savannah School of Art and Design at 2pm.