September 28, 2011

Second Half Outburst Help Cobras Defeat Tornado

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Tornado struggled offensively in the first half, but held the Coker Cobras scoreless after one half of play in Wednesday night's contest. However, the Cobras responded with three unanswered goals in the second half that led to a shutout loss for King.

King (2-4-1, 2-3) was held to three shots in the first half but Stefan Kwiatkowski (Ocala, Fla.) helped keep Coker at bay to take a scoreless game into the second half, despite seven Cobra shots.

Three different Cobra players hit the score sheet. Carlos Recinos tallied the first Coker goal on a shot 18 yards out at 51:46. Rommel Fondin followed just three minutes later with a blow to the lower right corner of the King cage. In the 67th minute, Jordan Snell completed the trifecta with a 30-yard strike that gave the Cobras a 3-0 advantage that they held until the end.

Kwiatkowski finished the night with three saves of six shots on goal against, but faced 14 Coker strikes in the game. King was charged with six fouls, received three yellow cards and put 12 shots together offensively, come coming in the second half. Tom Winspear (Yarm, England) ended his streak of three games with a goal but led the Tornado with four shots, one on goal.

King returns to Parks Field on Saturday, Oct. 1 to play St. Andrews as part of a doubleheader that begins with the women's game against the Knights at 2:00 p.m. The men will take to the pitch tentatively at 4:00 p.m.