Central, SC – The North Greenville University women’s soccer team opened the 2012 season in heartbreaking fashion with a 1-0 loss to in-state rival Southern Wesleyan in double overtime.
The Crusaders had 43 total shots in the game, including 26 shots on goal as their aggressive style of play gave them plenty of chances to score throughout the game. In contrast, the Warriors had just 12 shots in the game and five shots on goal but made the most of their limited opportunity.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the way my team played tonight,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “Everyone played their heart out. That is the wonderful and sometimes painful thing about soccer-you can control the game and have countless chances and then lose it on one counter attack.”
Leah Ward led the Crusaders with 13 shots in the game, including seven shots on goal, while freshman Caroline Baker placed seven of her eight shots on goal but was unable to put any into the back of the net.
Despite allowing a goal, sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Kelley recorded three saves in 110:00 minutes of action in her second career start.
"I am heartbroken for my girls for not getting the win tonight," remarked Baer. "I have a lot of confidence that we are right where we need to be. If we keep working I believe we have a bright future ahead of us."
The Crusaders (0-1, 0-0 in Conference Carolinas) will be on the field again on Saturday, September 1 as they travel to Mars Hill, NC to take on Mars Hill College at 2 p.m.