GREENWOOD – The Lander women's got a second half goal from Devin Duhme and shut out visiting North Greenville 1-0 on Thursday night at Van Taylor Stadium.
The Bearcats earned their first home shutout since 2015 and improved to 1-0 on the season, while the Crusaders fell to 0-1. Making her first career start in goal, freshman Sarah Owen made three saves on six Crusader shots.
"The girls played hard today and we played some pretty good soccer," said head coach Chris Ayer, who earned his 100th career win at Lander. "We created some really good chances up top, but credit their goalkeeper for keeping them in the game. We're a really young group and I'm excited about where we're heading this year."
The Bearcats had eight shots in the first half to the Crusaders' twp shots, and the score was deadlocked 0-0 at the half.
Duhme came through in a big way for the Bearcats, lobbing a shot from beyond the box that richocheted off the left post and found the back of the net in the 72nd minute, giving the freshman her first career goal.
Lander limited North Greenville to four shots in the second half shots and held on for its 12th consecutive win in the series against the Crusaders.
The Bearcats' offensive attack tallied 19 shots and eight corner kicks. Crusader goalkeeper Madelyn Schober made seven saves in the losing effort.
Lander hits the road Saturday for its first trip of the season, traveling to Newberry for a 4:30 p.m. tilt.