Never too late, King corners NCCAA Women's Soccer National bid

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - King College punched a ticket to the NCCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Tournament thanks to a 1-0 double overtime victory at Campbellsville (Ky.) University Saturday to clinch the region title with a goal in the final seconds.

Devon Shanklin (Knoxville, Tenn.) was credited with the goal, her second game-winning goal of the season. She had the goal off a corner in the waning moments of the second overtime period. It was her first goal since a score at Bryan (Tenn.) College on Oct. 9, seven matches ago.

Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) provided the assist on the play which was a corner kick sent in from Monica Aguirre (Miami, Fla.) with just seconds left before a shootout. The corner came into play with 27 seconds left on the clock. The corner was the eighth for the Lady Tornado and the second of overtime.

King improved to 7-12 as the Lady Tornado own a three-match winning streak for the first time this season with back-to-back shutouts. The Lady Tornado won three straight a season ago in late September to early October.

It was the Lady Tornado's second 1-0 overtime win of the season as King defeated rival Milligan (Tenn.) College on Oct. 19.

King's last double-overtime match was at Union (Ky.) College, a contest that ended in a 1-1 draw a season ago. The last double-overtime win for King was on Nov. 14, 2008, when the Lady Tornado drew a 1-0 win over Tennessee Wesleyan College in an Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal contest.

The national event will be the first for King since the 2008 team went to the NAIA National Tournament after a trip to the same event in 2007.

Campbellsville had more shots than King, 16-12. The Lady Tornado's Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) recorded seven saves.

The NCCAA will release the bracket next week.

Campbellsville went to 13-9 after the match.