DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The King University men's soccer team rebounded on Monday evening with a hard fought victory at the University of North Georgia. Luis Calderon scored for the Tornado in the 65th minute to put King ahead, and the defense made it stand up as the Tornado took the contest 1-0.
FINAL SCORE: King 1, North Georgia 0
LOCATION: UNG Soccer Complex; Dahlonega, Ga.
RECORDS: King 3-3; North Georgia 3-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King was on the attack early as Calderon laced a shot on frame in the 13th minute, but it was turned away by the Nighthawks' keeper, Michael Samnik.
- The Tornado then had a penalty kick in the 15th minute, but that too was turned away by Samnik.
- Ryan Murphy placed another shot on goal for the Tornado in the 23rd minute, but that was stopped by Samnik as well.
- The Nighthawks then moved play to the other end of the field, holding King without a shot the rest of the half.
- On the other end of the field, North Georgia ripped 10 shots over the final 20 minutes, putting five on net, but Cameron Sauro was up to the task for King, turning them all away to keep the game scoreless at the half.
- Murphy had another chance to start the second half, but his shot was stopped by Samnik in the 49th minute.
- The Tornado then had a pair of corner kicks in the 56th and 58th minutes, but to no avail.
- King finally broke through in the 65th minute when Chris Hicks found Calderon across the box, and Calderon placed his shot back across the goal to beat the keeper and put King ahead.
- The Tornado defense then clamped down, only allowing three Nighthawk shots the rest of the way.
- North Georgia's best chance may have come in the 90th minute, but Kari Sveinsson turned the chance away, giving King the victory.
- King ripped 11 shots, placing six on goal.
- Sauro posted five saves in the contest and Sveinsson added three to help King post their first shutout of the season.
FOR THE FOES
- Samnik posted five saves in goal for the Nighthawks.
- William Pettersson and Adam Farrell both placed two shots on goal to lead North Georgia.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The goal for Calderon was his second of the year, and his first career game-winning goal.
- King is in action again on Sunday when they travel to take on Lander University. Kickoff from Greenwood, S.C. is slated for 2:00 p.m.