NEWBERRY - After a scoring outburst in the opening half, the Newberry Wolves needed an overtime goal from freshman Bennett Murphy to top the visiting North Greenville Crusaders 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
The scoring got underway early for Newberry (3-5-1) when in the third minute of the match, junior Gregory Stone (West Columbia) sent a ball over the top to the feet of freshman Anthony Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.). Lucido proceeded to place a low cross in front of the goal mouth that found the foot of junior Luis Thompson (Augusta, Ga.), who directed the ball into the goal for his first career goal.
Six minutes later junior Jay Barajas (Atlanta, Ga.) saw a try turned away only to see teammate Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) blast the ball by NGU’s keeper for his first goal of his senior season.
Ochoa added a second goal in the 25th when a Lucido free kick was moved along by Thompson and eventually finished up by Ochoa inside the six-yard box.
North Greenville (3-5-1) held the Wolves the remainder of the first period, before the Crusaders top scorer Adam Turner tallied in the 46th minute on a low hard shot from about 14 yards out.
Todd Johnston added a header goal to the box score in the 52nd when North Greenville cut the Wolves lead down to one. In the 88th minute North Greenville’s Luis Mattei took advantage of a one-on-one situation with Newberry’s sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.) and tied the match at 3-3.
After holding off a late North Greenville attack, the Wolves took the match to overtime, where Anthony Lucido again sent a low cross into the six-yard box which found a sliding Murphy (Hilton Head) for the game winning goal.
Nicholas Lucido finished the match with six saves, while his brother Anthony finished with three assists. Ochoa’s two goals came on three shots, while Thompson and Murphy both scored on the one opportunity they saw. Thompson and Murphy scored their first collegiate goals, while Thompson also added his first career assist.
Anthony Lucido’s three assist match, is the first performance by a Newberry player of three or more assists since Brandon Cockrell finished a 2001 match against North Greenville with four. Lucido’s three assists is good for second all-time at Newberry for assists in a match.
Newberry’s record of North Greenville improves to 5-0 after Wednesday’s meeting.
The Wolves hit the road on Sunday when they travel to Tusculum for a 4 p.m. South Atlantic Conference match against the Pioneers.