Tigerville, S.C. -- The North Greenville University women’s soccer team suffered it’s first loss of the season Wednesday night when Anderson University came to Pepsi Stadium and went home with a 4-0 victory.
The Trojans were led by their dominant striker, Tina Shakes – a fifth-year senior transfer from Clemson University – who scored all four goals on the night.
The Crusaders found themselves on the back foot early on in the contest, but after having weathered the storm and sparking a few attacks of their own, Shakes broke the game open in the 25th minute with a strike from 25 yards out that nestled inside the far post.
After the goal, the Crusaders began attacking with more urgency and created two good opportunities to score when Lindsay Tuten broke through the defensive line, but the senior forward was unable to beat Trojan goalkeeper Abby Helm either time. The Crusaders were then unlucky to give up a goal just before halftime, as Shakes scored her second goal of the night in the 43rd minute.
The Trojans did not let up coming out for the second half, as Shakes completed her hat trick in the 46th minute before putting away her fourth and final goal courtesy of a free kick in the 50th minute.
The possession percentage between the two teams over the full 90 minutes was split while Anderson outshot the Crusaders 12-9. Junior Maddie Schober and senior Michelle Huddleston split time at goalkeeper for North Greenville and combined to make six saves, while Anderson’s Abby Helm played the entire 90 minutes and saved all seven shots that NGU put on frame.
With the victory, Anderson University maintained their perfect start to the season, moving to 3-0-0, and is still yet to concede a goal. North Greenville drops to 1-1-0 and will look to get back to its winning ways on Saturday, September 10th. The Crusaders will travel to Erskine College for a 2pm kickoff in the first Conference Carolinas game of the season.