Just minutes after the men’s team began the season with a win; the Lady Crusaders’ soccer team took the field against Lander University hoping to have the same result. However, the Lady Bearcats used speed and agility to outscore the Lady Crusaders 3-1 and leave Tigerville with a victory.
The lone goal for North Greenville came when a Lander defender headed a ball out of the air into her own goal in the first half.
The Lady Crusaders and Lady Bearcats each played and attacking style of offense as Lander outshot North Greenville 11-9 in the game.
“The offense had a lot of looks from a lot of different players tonight,” said head coach Jesse McCormick. “That is something we can build on for later in the season.”
Forward Leah Ward and midfielders Jade Salle and Hayley Williams put constant pressure on the Lady Bearcats’ defense but were unable to get shots to hit the back of the net.
Defenders Emily Pittman and Abby Brack did their best to slow the talented Lander offense on the night and North Greenville’s freshmen players got some big game experience early on.
“Our composure, mentality and work ethic were great tonight,” said McCormick.
The Lady Crusaders will take the field again on Sept. 7 against St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC at 3 p.m.