Tigerville, SC – Despite the efforts of a strong defensive unit, the North Greenville women’s soccer program dropped an overtime decision at the hands of Clayton State University 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday night in Pepsi Stadium.
The Lakers controlled the offensive side of the ball for much of the first half but the Crusader defense held strong and withstood the Clayton State attack to go into the halftime break scoreless on both sides.
The game remained scoreless for much of the second half until sophomore Caroline Baker scored her first goal of the season in the 60th minute of play with a shot from the right side of the box to give North Greenville the 1-0 lead.
Clayton State evened the score at one goal apiece in the 88th minute, before scoring the game-winning goal on a deflection four minutes into the overtime period to claim the 2-1 victory.
“Tonight we were missing some key players but you never would have known,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “Every player I called upon tonight did everything I asked for and more and that is what makes this team so special. Everyone gives their best effort regardless of when or how I need them. It is hard to lose a game like this but this is a victory for our program.”
Junior goalkeeper Katie Tate had a stellar performance with 11 saves in the game as the Lakers recorded 21 shots to just six by the Crusaders.
“I have never been more proud to be a Crusader than I am tonight,” said Tate. “Throughout the entire game every player stepped up on every play. There is no way I could’ve performed the way I did without my teammates doing their jobs at an amazing level.”
The Crusaders (4-3,1-0 Conference Carolinas) will prepare to travel to Banner Elk, NC for a conference matchup with Lees McRae College on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m.