BRISTOL, Tenn. – In King College's first Conference Carolinas event playing as a full member in its history, the Lady Tornado soccer team fell in a 5-0 decision to Limestone College at Parks Field on Saturday afternoon.
Limestone's Ashley Alderin-Fleagle posted a hat trick scoring in the 26th, 30th and 67th minute of the contest. Ashley Spanitz assisted on two of Alderin-Fleagle's goals while five other Saints earned a spot in the scoring column.
Through the first 20 minutes the Lady Tornado played well, limiting opportunities in their defensive zone and creating a few opportunities themselves. King had eight shots against the Saints defense with four shots on goal, all coming in the first half.
King came inches away from taking an early lead on a shot by Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.) that rattled the post in the fifth minute of play. It was one of two shots the Lady Tornado took that hit the post, the second by Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) within four minutes of the start of the second half.
Trailing 2-0 after the first 45 minutes, the Lady Tornado came out still playing to win. Just before the turn of the 46th minute, Limestone's Dominique Evans took a pass and dribbled it into the middle of the King defense and dropped in the Saints' third goal.
"It was just silly little mistakes on our part, trying to come in and win a ball when all you can do is just contain it," said Head Coach Simon Duffy. "It is kind of like your chomping at the bit to win the ball back and they're pulling us here, there and everywhere. There were just too many gaps in behind."
Goalkeeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) made seven saves in the loss but played aggressively, challenging the Saints in much of the second half.
Grigsby led King with five shots with Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) putting four in the air, two on goal.
King continues league play on Wednesday, Sept. 14 when they host Lees-McRae at Parks Field (Bristol, Tenn.). Start time is set for 3:00 p.m.