Crusaders Drop Second Straight Game To Open Season
Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mars Hill, NC – After suffering a devastating double overtime loss on Thursday, the North Greenville University women’s soccer team dropped its second straight game, this time a 2-0 decision to Mars Hill College on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s tough to get another loss on the road, especially after Thursday’s battle, but we can’t let this deflate us,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “Sure it was a hot game in the middle of the day on a turf field but we can’t use that as an excuse.”

The Crusaders showed signs of fatigue early as the Lions scored each of their goals in the first half of play. Mars Hill forward Hannah Russell scored the first goal of the game on an assist from midfielder Alyssa Morris at the 19:35 mark before reserve Rachel Weber scored an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute for Mars Hill.

North Greenville goalkeeper Taylor Kelley recorded a career-high 12 saves as the Lions outshot the Crusaders 20-17 in the game.

“We know what we need to do to improve from here,” said Baer. “All we have to do is get back to work and get it done.”

The Crusaders (0-2) will return home for their first home match of the 2012 season as they play host to Montreat College on Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m.