Tigerville, SC – On a night in which the Crusaders dominated the ball, the North Greenville women’s soccer team forced a double overtime tie with the Falcons of Pfeiffer University on Wednesday afternoon.
“When you’ve had a season like we have, this one feels like a win,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “I told the girls before the first overtime that we had to take a moment and thank the Lord for allowing us to still be in the game.”
The Falcons got on the board early with a goal in the 14th minute of play from the foot of Kayla Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead that carried into the halftime break.
The Crusaders continue to attack and control possession in the second half, finally breaking through in the 90th minute on a goal from Leah Ward, her team-leading third of the season and 46th of her career, to force overtime.
North Greenville’s dominance of the ball carried over into both over time periods, but with neither team able to break through the contest ended in a 1-1 draw.
Goalkeepers Krista Young and Taylor Kelley combined for three total saves as the Falcons outshot the Crusaders 11 to 10 in the game.
“We really wanted to glorify God in our efforts and I am thankful he allowed us to get the tie,” said Baer. “For my girls to fight like they did for the full 90 minutes is incredible. Pfeiffer is a quality team and we put them under pressure and didn’t let them play. I can’t wait to see how we will keep fighting in our last few games.”
The Crusaders (0-10-1, 0-7-1 in conference) will host Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Tigerville at 4 p.m.