Tigerville, SC – In dramatic fashion, the North Greenville women’s soccer team earned its second straight victory with a 2-0 shutout of South Atlantic Conference member Mars Hill College on Wednesday night in Pepsi Stadium.
The Crusaders and Lions were both quiet for much of the first half as neither team was able to record a goal. However, North Greenville did control the ball for much of the half, outshooting Mars Hill 9-1 in the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half held much of the same action until junior midfielder Ansley Dobbs netted the eventual game-winning goal, her first of the season, in the 86th minute of play on an outstanding shot from the sideline to give the Crusaders a one-goal advantage.
Redshirt freshman Lindsay Tuten recorded her third goal of the season on a breakaway in which she maneuvered around the keeper to place the ball in the back of the net in the 88th minute to secure the 2-0 victory for North Greenville.
North Greenville totaled 16 shots in the game, compared to just eight by the Lions as junior Katie Tate recorded five saves en route to her second shutout of the year.
"This was an exciting game knowing that we have Cara Woolford, a former Mars Hill standout, playing on our side. Her spark and energy in the back line kept us together," said head coach Rachel Baer. "If there's one thing I know about my team it's that we never stop fighting. As a team we have to decided to play every game, win or lose, for the glory of God and that means fighting until the last minute. It was that consistent fight that gave us those late goals."
The Crusaders (3-2, 0-0 Conference Carolinas) will now prepare to open conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21 as they travel to Mount Olive, NC to take on the Trojans of Mount Olive College at 1 p.m.