Crusader comeback bid falls short in shootout with King
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Crusader comeback bid falls short in shootout with King

North Greenville's attempt to comeback from three goals down fell just short as it dropped a 4-3 decision to conference rival King University.

King opened the game on the front foot and jumped ahead with an early goal. King's Kara Garrett scored off a corner kick in the first minute and put the Tornado ahead 1-0. The Crusaders equalized in the 10th minute off a goal from Sarah Singh, her first of the season. After allowing the first goal, King took over for the remainder of the first half, grabbing the lead in the 16th minute behind a goal from Lindsay Curtis off a set piece. The Tornado would add one more before the end of the half on a penalty kick. Hulda Sigurdardottir put it past Crusader keeper Madelynn Schober to make the score 3-1.

King opened the second half in the same style as the first and won another penalty kick in the 47th minute. This time it was Catherine Walsh who stepped up to the spot and put it past Schober to make it 4-1.

North Greenville steadied the ship after conceding its second penalty kick and began to mount a comeback bid. Lindsay Tuten reopened the scoring for the Crusaders in the 54th minute when her shot from outside the box found the back of the net. Tuten got another goal in the 58th minute off an assist from Gabriella Porter to make the score 4-3. North Greenville pushed for an equalizing goal but King was able to finish off the game and take the conference win.

Tuten's two goals put her to a conference-leading total of 13 on the season while Schober spent the full 90 minutes in goal, making five saves.

The loss drops the Crusaders to 6-5 on the season and 2-4 in Conference Carolinas play. North Greenville returns to action on October 21 when they take on Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. Kickoff is set for 5:30.