Tigerville, S.C. – The North Greenville women’s soccer team came up short in a hard fought battle with Mars Hill on Tuesday as a late goal by the Lions earned them a 3-2 win over the Crusaders.
Head coach Andy Robinson and his team celebrated the career of six seniors prior to Tuesday night’s game. Lindsay Tuten, Megan Robertson, Courtney Ethridge, Sara Forrester, Karis Hoover, and Michelle Huddleston wrapped up their careers with the North Greenville soccer program on Tuesday night.
The Crusaders got off to a fast start, putting pressure on the Mars Hill defense in the early minutes of the game. Lindsay Tuten would fire the first shot on goal that sailed wide in just the fourth minute. Tuten would claim the game’s first point of the game four minutes later with an unassisted one timer to the bottom right corner of the net, giving NGU a 1-0 advantage.
The Crusaders remained one up on the Lions until midway through the first half. Mars Hill’s Aleonya Hunter scored the equalizer in the 23rd minute on a header to even the tally at 1-1. Mars Hill would sail two more shots over the goal while Asheton Robinson put one on frame for the Crusaders but the score remained tied as the two teams headed to intermission.
Tuten would come up big for North Greenville once again in the second half as she scored the go-ahead goal in the 49th minute, making nifty move inside the box too free herself up for her team high second goal of the game.
The Crusaders held the advantage until the 73rd minute when the Lions would strike with their second goal of the night bas Julia Johnson would score on an assist from Hunter. Hunter would come up big for the Lions once again five minutes later, looping a shot over the NGU defense to give the Lions the winning goal in the 75th minute.
Senior keeper Michelle Huddleston finished the night with three saves in the net while Madelynn Schober had one. Tuten finished the night with five shots including four on goal. Asheton Robinson had a shot on goal for NGU while Megan Robertson and Alex Pagliaro both finished with an attempt each.
The Crusaders fall to 2-11-2 on the season after Tuesday night’s tough loss. NGU will wrap up the regular season on Saturday night with a 7pm kickoff at Converse College.