Black Mountain, NC – After winning the 2011 season opener, the Lady Crusader soccer team dropped a hard-fought battle against Montreat College 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday night.
The game, a make up after a rain out on Monday, started at 8:30 p.m. and the team showed signs of fatigue early on.
“Overall we didn’t play the best defense we could,” said head coach Jesse McCormick. “We played hard we just didn’t play smart.”
After Montreat scored an early goal to go up by one, North Greenville defender Erin McLure scored her first career goal after driving in a Laney McGarity crossed on a corner kick to record the assist.
McGarity continued her strong play as she put the Crusaders up 2-1 when she scored her first career game in the 44th minute off an assist by Brooke Domingo.
The Lady Cavaliers made necessary adjustment at half time and scored two quick goals in 52nd and 60th minute to go up 3-2. As the Lady Crusaders continued to attack the Montreat defense, Montreat slipped up and knocked in an own goal to tie the game at 3-3, forcing overtime.
In the 99th minute, Montreat’s Lauren Cantin scored her third goal of the game and the game-winning goal to send North Greenville home with a loss.
North Greenville goalkeeper Regina Ibanga recorded seven saves in the game as Montreat outshot North Greenville 22-16 on the night.
“We are going to go into the film session tomorrow and begin to correct some things,” said McCormick. “We will be ready for the game against Barton on Saturday.”
The Lady Crusaders (1-1) will play their first Conference Carolinas game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they host Barton College at 4 p.m. at Pepsi Stadium.