The Pioneers struck first with a goal in the first half, but the Crusaders’ Taylor Pill (Watertown, WI), was dragged down in the box, setting up a penalty kick for the junior midfielder.
Pill capitalized on the Pioneer’s mistake, evening the game at one apiece at the 78th minute, with his second goal in as many games. Maranatha kept the game fairly even with a well-contested first half, but Northland scored goals off two corner kicks, and continued completed the scoring barrage with three goals in four minutes.
Coach Pill stated, “I was very encouraged by our progress compared to last year against Northland. We had the potential to win the game, but made some mistakes that a good team punishes. The shots were fairly even, but we just couldn’t pull out the win.”
Maranatha has the opportunity to jump back into the win column with a 4:00 p.m. matchup next Friday, September 13 against the reigning NCCAAII National Champions, Moody Bible Institute.