Mount Olive, NC – The North Greenville University women’s soccer program opened Conference Carolinas’ play with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Trojans of Mount Olive College on Saturday afternoon.
Mount Olive gained an early 1-0 lead with a header in the 17th minute of play before Courtney Etheridge evened the score with a goal of her own in the 21st minute on an assist from Lindsay Tuten.
The Trojans and Crusaders remained tied until the 82nd minute of play when Tuten recorded a goal on an assist from Hope Martin to gain the 2-1 lead.
However, the Trojans netted a goal with six seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game and force an overtime period.
In extra time, Tuten and Ansley Dobbs connected on the game-winning goal in the 95th minute off a free kick to secure the Crusaders’ fourth victory in a row and first in conference play.
Junior keeper Katie Tate recorded eight saves in the contest en route to her third win of the 2013 season.
“I hate that we lost our focus and gave up a goal with six seconds left in the game, but I’m proud of how the girls immediately responded and finished in overtime,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “This is a great way for us to start conference play and I’m proud of my girls for finding a way to finish it off today.”
The Crusaders (4-2, 1-0 Conference Carolinas) will host Clayton State on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Tigerville, SC at 7 p.m.