Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) scored goals for King, each assisted by junior Caroline Gentry (Bristol, Tenn.). The win helped break a two-match losing streak, but also extended the Lady Tornado's three-game win streak against league opponents, dating back to Sept. 20. Over the current four-game conference win streak, King has shutout its opponent three times.
The Lady Tornado and Crusaders were ready to take a nil-nil tie into the half but King had other plans. Progressively increasing the intensity and not stopping until the last whistle, the Scarlett and Navy put a goal on the board with just nine seconds left in the half. Shelton and Gentry were among many bunched up in traffic at the top of the box battling for possession of the ball. After Gentry touched it up, Shelton broke away from the pack with the ball. A few more dribbles into the box and the senior put a right foot to the ball that found the back of the net for her eighth goal of the season, giving the Lady Tornado a 1-0 lead just before halftime.
King's second goal also came with time dwindling at the end of the half, however not as close to all zeroes. Jamie Grigsby was the beneficiary of Gentry's pass from 35 yards out. From the top of the box, Grigsby send in a strike off the right foot that beat NGU keeper Taylor Kelly to the right side of the goal. With 4:53 remaining in the game, King had a 2-0 lead and was on its way to a victory by the same score.
"I think we played well in our last two games, despite the losses, but we wanted keep that kind of run, momentum and play going. I'm just really happy to get a win, and a conference win at that."
North Greenville was held to just six total shots on the day, which is the most they have allowed in their last four wins. In their previous three wins, the Lady Tornado allowed a total nine total shots. Only two of NGU's six shots were on goal. Both were saved by King keeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.).
Duffy continued, "We have it up on our board in the locker room. 'Make every one count'. I think it being at home we need to make this our focus and make it a place where opposing teams find it very tough to come and play. We want to keep it going for Saturday and recover quickly."
King (5-6-0, 4-3) plays Pfeiffer University on Saturday, Oct. 15 as part of Family Weekend at the College. Among the four in-season King events and five varsity athletic games ongoing that day, Women's Soccer will host Pfeiffer with a 2:00 p.m. kickoff with the men's team following at 4:00 p.m.
For the complete King College athletic schedule for this weekend and for the entire 2011-12 year, click here.