November 8, 2010

King opens NCCAA Mid-East Region with Tenn. Temple

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College will start the 2010 NCCAA Division I Mid-East Region Men's Soccer Tournament Thursday at home against Tennessee Temple University in a 3 p.m. meeting as the Tornado enter the postseason with the No. 3 seed in the region, as announced by region officials.

King, at 5-11-1, will welcome Tennessee Temple, the event's No. 6 seed, to Parks Field for Thursday's opening round. In the other opening-round match Mid-Continent (Ky.) University, the No. 5 seed, travels to Oakland City (Ind.) University, the No. 4 seed.

The Tornado ended the regular season Saturday with a 2-0 win at North Greenville (S.C.) University. In King's first season as a NCAA Division II member the team were overtaken nine times by a single goal. Overall the Tornado outscored opponents 29-23 at the end of the day. Four of King's wins were at home and in nine contests at Parks Field, the Tornado outscored foes 23-12.

Tennessee Temple ended the regular season at 4-13. Despite the record, three of the team's wins came away from home in 2010. All three of the wins came in a streak from Sept. 21 to Oct. 14 before a three-game skid at home brought the regular season to an end. Opponents shut out Tennessee Temple 11 times this season. In the 13 defeats, Tennessee Temple was outscored a combined 74-2. In the four wins, Tennessee Temple's margin was 16-4.

The two opening round victors advance to the semifinals on Nov. 19 at top-seed Covenant (Ga.) College. The winner of the King-Tennessee Temple contest will play Campbellsville (Ky.) University, the No. 2 seed. The semifinal winners play on Nov. 20 in Covenant.

The region seeds were based on the team's longo points at the end of the regular season.

Campbellsville and Mid-Continent are still playing in their respective conference tournaments this week. A conference championship for either or both Campbellsville and Mid-Continent would shake up the region bracket. Campbellsville has a semifinal contest in the Mid-South Conference tournament on Wednesday. Mid-Continent will play as the No. 2 seed in the TranSouth Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

In the 2009 NCCAA Mid-East Regional, King, the No. 3 seed, lost in overtime 3-2 to Covenant in a semifinal meeting.

The winner of the region tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCCAA Division I Men's Soccer National Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., Dec. 1-4.

Mid-East Region Seeds (2010 Regular Season Records)

No. 1 Covenant (13-6)

No. 2 Campbellsville (14-4)

No. 3 King (5-11-1)

No. 4 Oakland City (9-7)

No. 5 Mid-Continent (8-9-1)

No. 6 Tennessee Temple (4-13)

King

Match Up

Tenn. Temple

4.59 (22)

Points Per Game

2.41 (43)

78 (T24)

Points

41 (43)

1.71 (24)

Goals Per Game

1.06 (41)

29 (T21)

Goals

18 (40)

1.18 (26)

Assists Per Game

0.29 (44)

20 (26)

Assists

5 (T44)

1.32 (14)

Goals Against

4.59 (46)

23 (14)

Goals Allowed

78 (46)

89 (17)

Saves

132 (4)

2 (T31)

Shut Outs

1 (T39)

(NCCAA Stat Rankings - as of Nov. 9)