September 20, 2011

Offense Explodes in Win Over Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. – The Lady Tornado soccer team made its offensive splash on the road at Erskine College, sporting dominate shot numbers and tough defense in their first league win of the season. King College took away a 3-0 win from Huggins Field, Tuesday evening.

The Lady Tornado fielded three different goal scorers, all striking in the second half of play. Each of their three goals was scored within or just over two minutes of one another and represented their first goals in conference play this season.

"I challenged a few of the players stating that they need to be contributing more with shots and taking more risks in front of the goal," said Head Coach Simon Duffy. "They really responded well to that challenge tonight."

King not only put together its top offensive performance of the season but almost left Erskine stagnant on the opposite end, holding the Flying Fleet to only one shot the entire night. Erskine's lone shot was not on goal, resulting in goalkeepers Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) and Amanda Huffaker (Knoxville, Tenn.) to play uncontested.

"We changed the defense up some but we were just really solid in the back," said Duffy. "Not only were we good defensively but we attacked from the back and that really paid off in the second half for us."

Devon Shanklin (Knoxville, Tenn.) put King on the board short of the 65th minute, taking advantage of a deep ball launched into Erskine territory. After the ball took a bounce off a Flying Fleet defender, Shanklin turned and put a good leg on the volley pinpointing the shot to the upper-left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, Monica Aguirre (Miami, Fla.) added a second King goal with a strike just after entering the box. The senior received a pass from classmate Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and took a couple touches forward before letting it fly and being rewarded with her first goal of the season.

To seal the deal with a third goal, junior Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) took a pass from the top of box and maneuvered her way to take a clear shot off her right foot, finding the upper-left corner to put the Lady Tornado up 3-0. Shelton assisted on the goal, tallying her second helper of the match.

"We had to be very patient, find our shots and take them when we could," said Duffy. "We just stuck to the game plan that we had mapped out and thankfully it came out in the form of our first conference win."

The Lady Tornado outshot Erskine, 24-1, one of the largest disparities in recent history for the program. It marks the first time this season the team has finished with the upper hand in the shot column.

King improved to 2-3-0 overall on the year and earned their first Conference Carolinas win of the program's history.

"To get on to the league table with some points is a big deal for this team. It [Erskine] is a tough place to come and play so we are just really happy to come away with a win."