Strong Offense Helps Tornado Blank Pfeiffer 3-0
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King Tornado earned their first win of the season behind a strong offensive effort that involved a trio of goals that led them to a 3-0 shutout win over the Pfeiffer Falcons on Saturday evening. Josh Feener earned his first collegiate win between the pipes with a flawless 90 minutes and three saves.
Freshman Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) broke a scoreless tie in the 31st minute with his second goal of the season. After the freshman threatened deep in the Falcons' zone twice early on with a shot on target and one over top of the crossbar, he finally tickled the twine after making a move to beat Pfeiffer goalkeeper Zach Liles and sneaked a shot inside the left post for the 1-0 lead. The goal, unassisted, was his second of the season.
Pfeiffer had a chance to equal the score just short of the 40 minute mark but Kody Sprinkle's shot hit the crossbar and stayed out of the King goal, leading to a one-goal King lead heading into the half.
The Falcons came out of the gate and put up the first two shots of the second half, missing wide right and having one blocked down out in front of the net before King doubled up the score on their first shot attempt of the half. Seven minutes and forty-two seconds into the half, Luis Alonso (Atlanta, Ga.) booted King's first shot attempt and was rewarded with his third goal of the year. After a misplay on the ball by keeper Zach Liles, Alonso capitalized on the error and ripped a shot into the Pfeiffer net. Thomas Dube (Johnson City, Tenn.) was credited with the assist, his first of the season.
Pfeiffer had another unlucky break when Nick Janes rang another shot off of the crossbar, the Falcons' second such shot of the night.
Six minutes later, Daniel Grossi (Dundee, Scotland) tallied the Tornado's third goal of the match. The freshman received a cross pass from the right side of the box from Luis Alonso. Grossi flipped the ball passed new goalkeeper Cristian Padilla for his second of the season.
Junior Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) did his part by keeping Pfeiffer off of the scoreboard, making three saves and facing 13 shots against.
With the win, King earned its first of the season to improve to 1-12-0 (1-7-0 Conference Carolinas). They will bring their game back to Parks Field on Oct. 17 for a home match against the Erskine Flying Fleet for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.