Tigerville, SC – The North Greenville women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Mount Olive College on Saturday afternoon in Pepsi Stadium.
The Crusaders gained an early lead in the first half of play when Leah Ward scored the 44th goal of her career and first of the 2012 season in the 27th minute. Jade Salle assisted on the goal to put NGU up 1-0 at the half.
The Trojans continued to fight and broke through with a game-tying goal in the 75th minute from the foot of Janaya Finney to make the score 1-1 with just under 15 minutes to play. Finney scored again in the 78th minute to give Mount Olive its second Conference Carolinas win of the season.
Mount Olive garnered nine shots in the game compared to just three by the Crusaders as keeper Taylor Kelley recorded three saves on the day.
“This one hurts,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “I am proud of how hard we fought at the start of the game and that we finally put a quality goal in. We had the game under control but then we let external factors get under our skin. We didn’t get the calls we deserved from the referees and we let it affect us.”
“We can still turn it around in conference play,” continued Baer. “I will never stop believing in my team. They are a great group of girls with a lot of talent and I know that the teams we are playing can see that.”
North Greenville (0-8, 0-4 in conference) will travel to Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, Oct. to take on conference foe Converse College at 7 p.m.