BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College was overtaken by visiting Lees-McRae (N.C.) College Wednesday by the score of 3-1 in men's soccer action at Parks Field.
After the game the Tornado went to 1-6-1 on the season while Lees-McRae, No. 6 in the Southeast Region according to NSCAA, owns a 7-2 record. Lees-McRae, the runner up from last season's national championship game, has won three straight in the series with the last King win coming in September 2006 when Lees-McRae was ranked No. 23 in the nation.
The contest was scoreless for the first 30 minutes and then Lees-McRae used a Kyle Luterbach goal in the 32nd minute to take the lead. He was assisted by James Galvani on the only score of the first half.
The visitors got another score when Galvani booted home a score in the 53rd minute, assisted by Lee Squires. Galvani also capped off Lees-McRae's scoring with a goal in the 75th minute.
King cut the deficit in half thanks to a penalty kick goal by Tom Winspear (Yarm, England). His shot went low and left just inside the net during the 67th minute of play. For Winspear it was his fifth goal of the season and the first penalty kick for any Tornado player in 2010.
Richard Masters (Kent, England) stopped five shots in goal for King on the day. Thomas Rusling played the first s60 minutes in Lees-McRae's goal with two saves before Tyler Gibson came in for the final 30. Gibson had three saves on King's four shots on goal.
Overall King had 17 shots to Lees-McRae's 16.
King welcomes Tennessee Wesleyan College to Bristol for a 3:30 contest Saturday. The Tornado needed overtime a season ago for a 4-3 victory. Since the start of the 2005 season King has won all eight meetings with Tennessee Wesleyan. However, four of the victories were by a single goal including last year's contest.