Tigerville, S.C. The North Greenville University Women’s Soccer Program got their 2016 regular season off to a winning start Friday night with a 1-0 victory over visiting Chowan University.
The lone goal was scored in the 9th minute by sophomore Jaimie Shutt who scored from 10-yards out with an assist from Alex Pagliaro. NGU’s offense continued to pressure the Hawks, peppering the Chowan goal with several long-range strikes, the closest coming from junior defender Tori Owens in the final seconds of the first half.
The second half was a continuation of the first, with NGU controlling possession while testing the Chowan defense. The Crusaders were unable to capitalize on any more chances, however, and the game remained 1-0 for the remainder of the match.
NGU was paced by a solid performance from junior goalkeeper Maddie Schober, who recorded 2 saves to preserve the shutout. Schober was supported by the experienced center-back partnership of senior captain Karis Hoover and junior Tori Owens. Grayce Britt and Michaela Gleed also turned in solid performances in their collegiate debut from their outside back positions.
Head coach Andy Robinson was pleased with the team’s dominant performance to kick off the regular season, as he saw his team outshoot Chowan University 16-3 while controlling possession for a majority of the contest. He hopes to see the team continue to make strides as they prepare for their second game of the season when a strong Anderson University squad comes to Tigerville on Wednesday, September 7th.