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The Crusaders opened their NCCAA Division II Regional action Saturday against the other Crusaders, those of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, coming up short by a score of 3-1.
 
Although Maranatha garnered a quick 2-0 advantage, Great Lakes responded in the second half with a goal off of an Amavi Swarey free kick to the head of Brand0n Gregory, in his highly anticipated debut with the squad. Unfortunately for GLCC, Maranatha would add one more before full time, resulting in a 3-1 final.
 
Despite the loss, the Crusaders seem optimistic about what they see as a step in the right direction after a pair of sub-par performances to open the season. 
 
 “We played a lot better and moved the ball around well,” says freshman Matt Burk, “we had more chances at goal than the previous games, and the defence all around stepped up.” 
 
According to team captain Doug Haggadone, the team just need to “worry about the next game and continue to get better.” That next fixture will come against rival Grace Bible College on the 11th of September at Henderson Field with a 5:00 p.m. kickoff