Wilson, NC – After making the postseason for the first time in school history, the North Greenville University women’s soccer team was knocked out of the Conference Carolinas Tournament after a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime loss to Barton College on Monday night.
"We may not have earned the win tonight but we definitely earned respect," said head coach Rachel Baer. "The girls played their hearts out and gave such an incredible performance. I have to admit that I am still in shock we didn't pull it off."
The Crusaders and Bulldogs were scoreless for the entire first half of action as neither team was able to gain a decisive edge on either end of the field.
However, junior Franki Jumper gave the Crusaders a 1-0 edge in the 58th minute of play when she finished a shot off a pass from fellow junior Erin McLure inside the box.
The Bulldogs continued to push forward, breaking through with a goal of their own in the 88th minute to tie the game at one goal apiece and send the two teams into overtime.
Barton scored the game-winning goal just two minutes into the extra time to secure the victory and oust North Greenville from the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
North Greenville goalkeeper Katie Tate had another solid performance, recording 12 saves as Barton took 27 shots in the game compared to just three shots by the Crusaders.
"Even with this loss these girls have accomplished so much this season," Baer continued. "I couldn't be more proud. This is only the beginning for North Greenville women's soccer."
With the loss, North Greenville finishes the 2013 season with a 7-10 overall record and a 4-5 record in conference play.