BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Tornado defense clamped down on the defending Conference Carolinas Tournament champion Coker Cobras in the second half, but their lone goal in the 72nd minute held true in King's 1-0 defeat on Wednesday night.
Thomas Dube (Johnson City, Tenn.) displayed a strong leg when the midfielder posted four shot attempts and landed three on goal to lead the King offense. Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) drove deep into the Coker defense on multiple occasions, but was held to only one shot attempt.
After a scoreless first half, Coker's lone goal in the 72nd minute proved to be the deciding factor in Wednesday's match. Tony Quiroz played the ball into the left corner deep in the King defensive zone where Noah Lascell pushed it back in front of Tornado goalkeeper Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.). Amongst a large mass of bodies from both sides, Niko Tirkkonen slid and put a foot on the ball, chipping it past Feener and into the net.
King (0-7-0, 0-2-0) will continue its stretch of four consecutive home matches when they host North Greenville University at Parks Field on Sept. 26. They will follow the women's game with a tentative 4 p.m. kickoff.