October 16, 2010

Late goal brought King close, but not close enough against MHC

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College never gave up, but was eventually defeated 3-2 by Mars Hill (N.C.) College Saturday in women's soccer action.

Mars Hill, now at 7-4-2, got on the board early when Abby Martin scored in the fifth minute with an assist from Caitlin Foreman. That was the only goal of the opening half. Martin then provided an insurance goal which turned out to be the eventual game-winner at the 75:01 mark. She got the ball from Nikki Peet.

King, with a 3-10 record after the contest, tied the match when Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) notched an unassisted goal in the 49th minute. The score was her team-high seventh of 2010. She later provided an assist on the goal by senior Maggie Lynskey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) which came in the 88th minute. Shelton had served the ball into the box from a corner kick.

In between Mars Hill's Alyssa Morris booted home a go-ahead goal in the 61st minute and she was assisted by Foreman.

Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) stopped six shots as Mars Hill booted 10 shots in all. King had 21 shots, nine on goal. Corrine Roberts played a total of 56:13 in goal for Mars Hill with five saves while Becca Sellars saw 33:47 in the goal with a pair of saves. Each of Mars Hill's keepers allowed a goal.

This two goals are the most King had scored in a loss this season. In the 10 defeats King has scored six goals with 11 scores in the three wins.

King returns to the pitch Tuesday when nearby Milligan (Tenn.) College comes for a 2 p.m. match.