October 22, 2011

Barton Bests King in Double OT

WILSON, N.C. – The Tornado men's soccer team played to its fourth double overtime game of the year against Barton College but fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2, on Saturday night. The Bulldogs scored with just 1:53 left in the second overtime session to give King its eighth loss of the season.

King (4-8-2, 4-5-1) took an early 1-0 lead when Zach Caracciolo (Clarksville, Tenn.) received a cross pass from Joe Mayer (Essex, England) and from point blank found the back of the net against Barton goalkeeper Brian Riesenberg. The score was Caracciolo's sixth of the year.

Barton's Erik Pajunk following up with his 14th and 15th goals of the season, both unassisted, giving the lead the Bulldogs inside the 27th minute.

Though the hosts held a 2-1 lead going into the second half, the Tornado were not done scrapping to the very end. Erik Douglas (Asheville, N.C.) netted his first goal of the season on a rebound from a penalty kick by Tom Winspear (Yarm, England).

Regulation time was not enough to find a winner, nor was an extra ten minute overtime session. King's offense stalled through 20 minutes of overtime, rattling off only one shot before Barton scored the "golden goal".

Dante De Luca decided the game, finishing off a cross pass from Pajunk with 1:53 left in the second overtime.

De Luca's game-winning shot was one of five shots the Bulldogs took between the two overtimes. King still outshot the Bulldogs, 20-16. Of Barton's 16 shots, only four were put between the posts. King had eight shots on goal on their 20 attempts.

Despite the loss, King still holds onto seventh place in the Conference Carolinas standings with one league game left to play. The Tornado hold a one point lead over Mount Olive (4-5). With a win in their last league game over Queens (N.C.) on Oct 25, the Tornado will secure a playoff spot in the conference tournament.