The King men’s team ended the season in seventh place in the overall league standings with a 5-5-1 conference record. All five of the team’s wins came against Conference Carolinas opponents. Five of the six West Division teams made the conference tournament, King being the last to do so, while only three teams from the East advanced. Queens (N.C.) squeaked in via a tiebreaker held over Mount Olive and Pfeiffer for the eighth and final spot in the tournament.
Atop the men’s standings and holding the no. 1 seed is Coker College, who finished the year 14-2, 9-1 overall. Coker currently is ranked fifth in the region and will host eight-seed Queens. Following the Lees-McRae (2) and King (7) game is the 3/6 game where Barton (11-6, 7-4) will host Erskine (9-7-1, 6-5). Finally, four-seed Limestone (11-6, 7-4) will host six-seed North Greenville (8-7, 6-5).
On the women’s side of the ball, the final piece of the puzzle was put into place after King’s win to Converse Saturday night. The Lady Tornado will now play at Limestone as the five seed in the tournament in Gaffney, S.C. They will play the Saints on Monday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m.
Lees-McRae won the regular season crown and will serve as the no. 1 seed, hosting no. 8 Erskine. Belmont Abbey (3) will host Queens (6) while No. 7 Pfeiffer will go to Mount Olive to play the second seeded Trojans.
The Tornado men’s squad defeated the Bobcats, 4-3, when the two teams played at Parks Field earlier this season. At the time, Lees-McRae was ranked fourth in the Southeast region. The Bobcats are now ranked fifth behind Mars Hill, who King lost two on Saturday night. In that win over Lees-McRae, Tom Winspear booted three goals for one of his two hat tricks of the season and Patrick Milfeld made nine saves.
The Lady Tornado fell to the Saints 5-0 in their meeting on Sept. 10, but the team has made significant strides to improve as a team. Since that loss, King has gone 7-3-1 and outscored their opponent 26-9. They have blanked their opponent five times (4-0-1) and have only been shut out twice (0-1-1) since their last meeting. They are currently on a three-match win streak and are 4-1 in their last five road games this season heading into the quarterfinal game against the Saints.
Complete coverage of both Conference Carolinas soccer tournaments can be found through the conference website, or by clicking here to access the Fall Championships Tournament Central page.
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