Greenville, SC - The North Greenville Crusaders put up quite a fight in Division I territory with a 1-0 loss to the Furman Paladins. Noah Kendrick impressed with several key saves. Gareth Greene led in total shots with three.
Furman led the charge in the beginning of the half, putting up 2 shots within the first three minutes. The Paladins continued to put up shots throughout the remainder of the half. In the 37th minute, Furman had a key chance to break the tie when a handball inside the box resulted in a penalty kick by Dalton Souder. However, Noah Kendrick would make a diving save to keep the match scoreless. NGU then turned around and recorded their first shot when Gareth Greene shot wide right. Late in the half, Greene also recorded North Greenville's second shot. The half came to an end with Furman taking 14 shots and North Greenville putting up 2 shots, both by Gareth Greene.
The Crusaders took the first shot of the second half, which was taken by Greene once again. From there, things would get a bit chippy as Jake Quinn was charged with his fourth yellow card of the season. A few minutes later, it appeared that Furman broke the tie, but an offside call erased the goal. However, the Paladins did find the back of the net several minutes later when Emery May scored his third goal of the season. Kendrick continued to produce several key saves to keep the Crusaders in the match. Furman's Cole McLagan was charged with a yellow card late in the half. NGU would get a key opportunity to even the score, but a header by Dillon Erkens would sail wide. Ben Mackay would also put up a late shot that would end up wide right. NGU would continue to be aggressive until the very end, but would run out of time.
Gareth Greene led the Crusaders with 3 total shots.
Zach Baker recorded North Greenville's only shot on goal.
Noah Kendrick allowed just one goal and produced 5 saves.
The Crusaders will return to action Saturday, October 6th against the Chowan Hawks.