Tornado End Regular Season with Loss to Mars Hill
MARS HILL, N.C. – Tornado Men's Soccer closed out its regular season against regionally ranked Mars Hill College on Saturday. King College lost to the fourth-ranked Lions after allowing four second-half goals leading to a 5-0 loss.
King (5-9-2, 5-5-1) mustered only five shots on the day, all coming from different players, with three landing on goal. Mars Hill outshot the Tornado 28-5 with 23 of those shots taken in the second half. Thirteen of the Lions' 28 shots fell on goal with King keeper Patrick Milfeld (Dallas, Texas) making eight saves on the day.
Mars Hill forward Brandon Tardiolo scored twice against the Tornado, the first just 23 seconds into the game off a chip shot from 25 yards out. He also scored the last goal of the game with just 5:06 left in the game.
King battled to a 1-0 deficit after the first half of play but relinquished four goals in the second half. Less than three minutes into the second session, Isaiah Schafer scored his second goal of the season on a rebound in front of the King cage. Felipe Ferraro scored his fifth of the year, also on a rebound attempt and Andres Diaz scored his first of the season off a cross pass from Nathaniel Enos. Tardiolo capped off the offensive push with a header into the Tornado goal for his second score of the day.
The regular season has now come to a close for King with the Conference Carolinas Tournament set to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Complete pairings for the tournament will be released later tonight following the conclusion of Saturday's matches.
The Conference Carolinas Tournament is set up so that the higher seed of a match hosts the game, on site. The top eight teams will advance to the conference tournament. King has solidified its position in the tournament but awaits its official pairing which will be released Saturday night.