BRISTOL, Tenn. – King's Daniel Grossi nearly equalized the score in the 76th minute but luck would not allow the goal as Belmont Abbey College staved off the Tornado attack. The Crusaders pulled out the 1-0 decision, delivering King the loss.
Down 1-0 after a second-half score by Conor Wells, King's spirits heightened as they attempted to even the score behind freshman Daniel Grossi. The Dundee, Scotland native applied the pressure and had consecutive scoring opportunities just seconds apart. His first came off a shot deep inside the Belmont Abbey box that rang off the top crossbar. After reacquiring the ball deep in Crusader territory, Grossi turned it up and rifled a shot just wide right of the cage.
King put one more shot on goal before the end of the second half, but was turned down in a 1-0 defeat to the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey scored the game-winning goal on a well-earned play and strike within the King zone. The Crusader's Jose Penaloza received the ball toward the top of the box and began to make a move toward the King goal but decided to drop the ball back to teammate Conor Wells who struck the ball strongly while on the run and placed it perfectly in the top-right hand corner.
Josh Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) returned between the posts for King and made four saves on five shots put on goal against him. He faced 16 Belmont Abbey shot attempts while King mounted eight during the match.
Senior defenseman Pete Griffith (Ballyclare, Ireland) returned to the lineup after nursing a leg injury and immediate brought a lift in the spirits of the team as a result. He played 80 minutes in his first action since Sept. 8.
The Tornado (0-10-0, 0-5-0) will play their next three matches away from home, beginning with this Saturday's match against the Limestone Saints in Gaffney, S.C. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.