MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – King fought through injury issues at the goalkeeper position and saw two players score their first goals of the season in the form of Cheo Armstrong and Daniel Grossi. The Tornado could not overcome the early lead taken by the Mount Olive Trojans, falling 4-2 on Saturday evening.
Both King goals were scored late in the second half and were not enough to overcome the 4-0 lead accumulated by the Trojans. Cheo Armstrong (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored his first goal of the season with 3:50 remaining with Jarred McKinney earning his first collegiate point with an assist on the play. Daniel Grossi (Dundee, Scotland) also scored his first goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the match, leading to a 4-2 score.
Aldo Del Valle scored the match's first goal of the game in the 32nd minute of the contest on a strike from 15 yards out that beat reserve goaltender Daniel Grossi. Grossi entered the contest for Cameron Sauro who was removed due to an injury.
John Kwennah put the Trojans up 2-0 when he forced a turnover deep in Tornado territory and converted the opportunity. In the second half, Josh Woodburn scored on a direct kick following a yellow card issued to Eric Wilkening. His score proved to be the game winner, preceding Cort Harter's header that was mishandled by Josh Fenner who stepped in between the posts for the injured Cameron Sauro.
Cheo Armstrong led the King offensive attack with three shots, all landing on goal, including his goal in the second half. Thomas Dube and Zachary Clark each had two shot attempts, combining for three shots on goal.
Cameron Sauro made one save on his lone attempt against on goal before leaving the contest in the 28th minute. Joshua Feener made one save in one half of play.
King (0-6, 0-1) begins a four-game homestand, beginning with the Coker Cobras on Sept. 18 with a 4 p.m. kickoff. They will then engage North Greenville (Sept. 26), Barton (Sept. 29), and Belmont Abbey (Oct. 4), all at Parks Field.