The Crusaders were disappointed on Friday night in their attempt to garner some points in the table, falling 4-1 to the Patriots of Southern States Community College in a game they really felt they should have gotten something out of.
The first half looked promising as GLCC put together several opportunities to score, but they were unable to squeeze the ball into the net, ending the half as it had started, goalless.
Unfortunately, on the other side of the break, the pressure paid off for Southern State. In the 56th minute as the Patriots launched the counter and scored the opener. A minute later they popped in another to create a 2-0 advantage. The Crusaders battled well but were still unable to pull one back, falling behind even further with Patriot goals in the 69th and 85th minutes.
GLCC refused to give it up, however. Senior Joey Whittaker found fellow captain Doug Haggadone with a scintillating cross which Haggadone met strongly in the air, finishing it hard just under the crossbar right on full time to end the game at 1-4. Judging from the roar from the stands, one would have thought the Crusaders had scored the winner as opposed to a cosmetic goal.
"It's never satisfying to lose," Haggadone said after the game, "but the way we reacted to the way the other team played was awesome. We scored in the last minute and we didn't give up, it was an encouraging way to close the game."
Senior Landon Koch looked promising in his goalkeeping debut for the Crusaders, keeping his net clean through the first half of play with four saves. Freshman Matt Burk also dazzled the gathered spectators with a display of fabulous footwork.
Next up for the Crusaders is NAIA Holy Cross on Wednesday night.