Strong First Half Not Enough in Loss to Limestone
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College men's soccer took a 1-0 lead into the half against the Conference Carolinas preseason top-ranked team. A strong second half from the visitors turned the Tornado's fortunes around, resulting in a 4-1 decision favoring Limestone College.
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It took King no more than seven minutes to get on the board for the first time this season. Sophomore forward Joe Mayer (Essex, England) began the play by driving into the Limestone defense and taking a hard shot deep in the box. Saint goalkeeper HB Lockwood got a piece of the shot, deflecting it into the air but King midfielder Zack Caracciolo (Clarksville, Tenn.) followed up and tapped the rebound into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 King lead.
Freshman goalkeeper Stefan Kwiatkowski (Ocala, Flor.) led the Tornado to a first half lead in his first collegiate start after Patrick Milfeld was red carded in their last match at Lincoln Memorial. He stopped four LC shots after 45:00 of play. Kwiatkowski finished the game with 10 saves on the day and faced 14 shots between the pipes.
Limestone's Tom McCready tied the game dribbling around the defense and putting a strong strike on the ball, finding the right side of the net (52'). He also broke the tie on a penalty kick after being taken down by Zachary Clark (Huntsville, Ala.) in the box.
The Saints had two multiple-goal scorers in the contest. Jorge MacKenna added a pair of goals in a six-minute span with scores in the 65th and 70th minute of the game. MacKenna gave Limestone the momentum and a permanent lead en route to their victory, 4-1.
Carracciolo led the Tornado with six shots offensively with his lone shot on goal being the team's only score. Mayer tallied an assist while also putting two of his three shots on goal. Sam Nicol (Midlothians, Scotland) also recorded an assist on Carracciolo's goal.
The Tornado (0-2-1, 0-1-0) will play Lees-McRae as part of a men's/women's doubleheader on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Parks Field (Bristol, Tenn.) The men will play following the women's game, which begins at 3:00 p.m. Tentative start time is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.