North Greenville put together a strong showing with a win over the Clayton State Lakers. The Crusaders scored five goals, which is the most in a game by NGU since September 30, 2015 when the Crusaders put up nine goals against Laurel University.
In an action-packed half, North Greenville struck quickly with a goal in the 3rd minute of the match by Zach Baker. Twelve minutes later, the Crusaders struck again when Casey Brady scored his second goal of the season to put NGU up 2-0. Clayton State responded in the 30th minute with a goal by Dean Foster. Shortly after, CST's goalkeeper, Leuri Fraire was shown a red card when he made hard contact with an NGU player outside of the box. A free kick as a result of the foul would turn into a goal by Gareth Greene to give North Greenville a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later, the Lakers came through for their second goal of the game that was scored by Mitro Turunen. Appoximately a minute later, the Crusaders increased their lead back to 2 with a Zach Baker's second goal of the match. The half would finally come to a close with 6 goals scored and 20 shots between the two teams.
A slower second half saw just one goal scored, Ben Mackay's second of the season. North Greenville played a conservative half with just two shots while Clayton State was more aggressive with eight shots. With the defense stepping up, the Crusaders would shut out CSU in the second half to seal the win.
Zach Baker had a strong offensive showing with 2 goals and 3 shots on goal.
Ben Mackay scored a goal and recorded 2 shots on goal.
Gareth Greene put together 3 shots with one resulting in a goal.
The Crusaders will begin a stretch of away games Saturday, September 22nd against Barton College in Wilson, NC.