King Tames Cobras Behind Shelton’s Two-Goal Game

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Riding the wave from win over Erskine in their last match, King College stormed out of the gate against the Coker Cobras to score early and break away late for a 3-2 win, Wednesday afternoon. Led by Morgan Shelton's two goals, the Lady Tornado improved to 2-3 in Conference Carolinas play and achieved their first consecutive wins of the season.

The (Chattanooga, Tenn.) native scored two goals for the second time this year, her last goal proving to be the game-winner for the Lady Tornado. Shelton scored twice against Brevard in a 2-0 season opening win on Sept. 3, also on the road.

Shelton tallied her goal with 13 minutes to go in the game while the score was tied at two goals. Shelton received the ball from Kelsey Plummer (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and beat her defender toward the goal. After taking one more touch, she took a magnificent strike from 25 yards with her right foot and buried the goal to right side of the cage.

The senior scored her first goal to help King take a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute of the game on after receiving the ball from Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.). Shelton turned and approached the box with little pressure on her and from 25 yards out ripped with the left foot and hit the back of the net in the top-left corner.

Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) scored her second goal of the season to get the Lady Tornado on the board early. Just 1:20 into the game, Grigsby dribbled the ball deep into the Cobra defensive and took a point-blank shot from six yards out and buried it in the upper left corner to give King a 1-0 lead.

"I said to our attackers it was important that we take charge of the game and that someone takes responsibility to help make something happen for us," said Head Coach Simon Duffy.

Coker's Millie Rogers tied the game inside the first five minutes of the second half off a quick shot from a cross pass by Rachel Solomon.

Following Shelton's first of two goals to give King a 2-1 lead, Morgan Hartline tied the game once again in the 73rd minute with a header off a corner kick by Solomon. The lead was short-lived before Shelton reestablished the lead for good less than five minutes later.

King peppered the Coker goal cage with 12 shots on goal and 19 total shots in the match. Six of the team's 19 shots came off of Shelton's foot while four other players had three shots.

The Lady Tornado defense had another stellar defensive showing, limiting the Cobras to four shots total. In their last two games, the Scarlett and Navy have held their opponents to five total shots taken and only two on goal. They have won each of those games. Prior to Sept. 20, King had allowed at least 20 shots against in each of their previous four matches and went 0-4-0.

"Were slowly but surely getting to where we need to be in order to be one of the top-eight teams in the conference come playoff time," said Duffy. "We're just hoping this serves as a bit of momentum going into Saturday's game, which will can a catalyst for our big upcoming home stretch."

King (3-4-0, 2-3) closes out September with two straight wins and will play at Parks Field in search for their first win at home in 2011. The Lady Tornado play the St. Andrews Knights on Oct. 1 as part of a double header with the men's team, beginning at 2:00 p.m.