Late goal seals second straight victory for Lady Crusaders
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Late goal seals second straight victory for Lady Crusaders

Franklin Springs, GA – On Saturday, the North Greenville women’s soccer team went on the road to take on Emmanuel College looking for their second straight win of the season. The Lady Crusaders needed a late-game goal from senior forward Leah Ward to return to Tigerville with a 2-1 victory.

In what seemed to be an even match throughout the early minutes, the Lady Lions struck first in the 15th minute and went into the half with the 1-0 lead.

As the second half began, North Greenville came out of the locker room with an attacking mentality unleashing shot after shot on the Emmanuel defense. The Lady Crusader attack finally broke down the defense as freshman midfielder Hope Martin scored her first collegiate goal in the 64th minute on an assist from Ward.

“In the second half we played fantastic as a team,” said head coach Jesse McCormick. “Abby Brack and Emily Pittman stepped up in the middle on defense while Leah Ward, Hayley Williams and Hope Martin controlled the ball well on offense.”

North Greenville continued to pressure Emmanuel throughout the second half and with four minutes left in the game Ward was able to receive a ball from midfielder Hayley Williams to seal the win for the Lady Crusaders.

“This week we will continue to work on playing together as a team for the full 90 minutes,” said McCormick.

The Lady Crusaders (2-1) put their hard work on display in their next game on Friday, Sept. 17 in a home game against Truett-MConnell College at 4 p.m.