Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville men’s soccer suffered 6-0 loss to Mount Olive on Saturday, dropping the Crusaders to 0-5 in Conference Carolinas play and 1-9-1 overall.
Mount Olive got out of the gates quickly earning a 1-0 lead 37-seconds into the game as Trevor Knight broke the scoreless tie with an unassisted goal, scoring on the rebound of his own shot. The Trojans tacked on another goal in the 20th minute to take a 2-0 advantage.
NGU lacked first half goals but did not lack the offensive effort. The Crusaders finished the half with four shots on frame, but UMO keeper Bernando Mejia came up with three saves in the half.
North Greenville keeper Mateo Barzola finished the first half with four saves of his own, but the Trojans scored twice more in the half to extend the halftime lead to 4-0. Andrew Yarnell and Anthony Wren both scored for the Trojans in the 38th and 44th minutes to extend the lead to four goals over the Crusaders.
The Crusaders worked quickly in the second half to get back into the game, firing two shots on Mount Olive, looking to cut the lead in half. David Beccera hit the crossbar with his shot while Luis Molina’s shot on frame caused Mejia to make another save to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard.
The Trojans found their fifth goal of the game in the 57th minute when Lewis Xiberras scored to make the lead 5-0. Yarnell would then score his second of the game in the 82nd minute to put NGU in a 6-0 hole.
North Greenville continued to fight, taking four shots in the final 20-minutes of action. NGU’s best chance came in the form of a penalty kick but the Trojans came up with another save to preserve the shutout.
Mateo Barzola finished with five saves while James Max Miller tacked on two of his own after replacing Barzola in the second half. Luis Molina and Casey Brady led NGU’s offense with two shots on goal while Sjors van Eck had two shots over the crossbar and a shot blocked.
The Crusaders will wrap up the 2016 season on October 22nd at 4pm against Southern Wesleyan.