King drops heartbreaker to Lees-McRae

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a tough loss on the road on Saturday, the King University men's soccer team had a tough test as the played their first home game of the season. The Tornado jumped ahead of 17th-ranked Lees-McRae 2-0 in the first half, but the Bobcats came back. Lees-McRae used a pair of second half goals to take the contest 3-2.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: #17 Lees-McRae 3, King 2
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-3, 0-2 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 4-0-1, 2-0 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tornado didn't waste any time getting to the attack as Luis Calderon laced a shot on frame that was saved by the Bobcat goalkeeper in the fifth minute.
  • Two minutes later Carlos Saavedra found the back of the net as Calderon played the ball into the Saavedra in the middle of the box. He drilled his shot inside the left post, giving King the 1-0 lead.
  • Ben Delisle and Calderon had a couple more scoring opportunities over the next 10 minutes, but both were turned aside.
  • King broke through again in the 33rd minute when Saavedra took a corner kick that found Ben Allan's head. After it left Allan's head, the ball ended up in the back of the net, giving King a 2-0 lead.
  • However, the Bobcats got on the board in the 38th minute when Tom Deeley collected a ball in front of the goal and slid it into the back of the net, cutting the Bobcat deficit in half.
  • The Tornado had a corner and shot in the 39th minute, but the shot sailed high as King held a 2-1 lead at the break.
  • Lees-McRae nearly evened the tally in the 48th minute, but Adonis Wheeler came up with a save to keep King ahead.
  • The score remained the same until the Bobcats evened the score in the 72nd minute.
  • Harvey McMorrow played a ball through the middle of the box that was deflected by Palle Jespersen and found Johannes Oeksnevad's foot, who found the back of the net.
  • In the 83rd minute, the Bobcats took the lead as Oeksnevad took a corner kick from McMorrow and headed it past the Tornado keeper, giving Lees-McRae the 3-2 lead.
  • King had a corner kick in the 88th minute and Delisle ripped a shot in the 90th minute that was blocked as the Bobcats took the 3-2 win.
  • King had 15 shots in the contest, placing nine on frame to go with four corner kicks.

FOR THE FOES

  • Lees-McRae placed seven of their 12 shots on goal and added nine corner kicks.
  • Tyler Pavlet made seven saves.
  • Oeksnevad scored his second and third goals of the season while Deeley tallied his sixth.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Saavedra was named Tennessee Sports Writers Association player of the Week last week after scoring four goals. His goal marked his fifth tally over the last three games.
  • For Allan, a senior, the tally marked his first career goal.

UP NEXT

  • King is in action again on Saturday when they travel to take on North Greenville University. Kickoff from Tigerville, S.C. is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
  • Lees-McRae travels to Mount Olive on Saturday.