BRISTOL, Tenn. - The scoreboard at Parks Field Monday was working as hard as the Tornado soccer team as King College posted a 19-1 NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament opening round victory over visiting Tennessee Temple University.
King, the event's No. 3 seed, advances to play No. 2 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) University Friday in Lookout Mountain, Ga. The Tornado will take a 6-11-1 record into the match against a 15-5 Campbellsville squad that reached the Mid-South Conference semifinals. King and Campbellsville both had played Tennessee Temple this season as Campbellsville posted a 7-0 win on the squad. Tennessee Wesleyan also appeared on both schedules, King won 4-1 while Campbellsville lost 3-0.
The 19 goals are a record under the direction of 12th-year head coach Matt Lavinder. Before Monday's contest King had only scored 29 goals in the previous 17 matches. The Tornado posted seven goals on rival Virginia Intermont College on Sept. 25. The single-match high for any NCCAA team this season was a 13 goal effort by two squads. King was just two goals away from tying the NCAA Division II record of 21 goals by the University of District of Columbia on Oct. 31, 2001. The Tornado's 49 points was under Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University's 56 points on Sept. 24, 2006. The 19 goals were more than 10 NCCAA Division I teams had scored all season.
When it comes to NCAA Division II ranks, the 19 goals rank third and the most since 2006, an 18-goal effort by Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University which set the NCAA Division II record for points at 56 and assist with 20. In the second half King booted home three goals in a 1:50 span which is the second quickest mark for three scores in NCAA Division II history.
In all 10 different Tornado players scored which was more than the total goals of King's 7-0 win over Virginia Intermont.
Tom Winspear (Yarm, England) and Zach Caracciolo (Clarksville, Tenn.) both scored four goals apiece with two assists each. The four goals ties the season high by a Tornado player as Winspear had two four-goal efforts earlier in the season. Joe Mayer (Essex, England) had three goals as well.
David Eagan (Huntsville, Ala.) scored two goals off the bench.
James Langlois (Oakville, Canada) provided a season-best three assists and a goal.
Richard Masters (Kent, England) played the first half in goal for King with one save. He reentered the game as a forward and scored a goal and added an assist later.
Pete Griffith (Ballyclare, Northern Ireland) and Jesse Cheers (Bristol, Va.) each chalked up a goal and assist.
Colby Childress (Huntsville, Ala.) and Josh Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) both scored a goal.
Erik Douglas (Asheville, N.C.) added an assist early in the contest.
King used 20 shots in the first half for seven goals. A dozen Tornado scores were posted with just 19 shots.
The Tornado's longest scoring drought of the match was just under 19 minutes in the middle of the second half. King scored two goals in the opening 75 seconds of the second half. After the three scores in 1:50, King had back-to-back scores in just 68 seconds towards the end of the match.
Tennessee Temple's lone goal came from Timothy Ward as he booted home the score off a corner kick that bended into the net with just seconds left. Tennessee Temple's season came to end at 4-14.