Conference Opener Results in Draw with Valkyries

Jamie Grigsby knocked in the lone goal while Abbey Kitts had six saves for the Lady Tornado in King's 1-1 draw with the Converse Valkyries.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the Conference Carolinas opener for both squads, King played to a double-overtime draw against Converse College on a rainy Saturday at Parks Field.  Jamie Grigsby notched the Lady Tornado's lone goal in the first half. With the draw, King moved to 1-1-1 (0-0-1 Conference Carolinas) and Converse is now 1-3-1 (0-0-1). 

Junior Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) scored her first goal this season for the Lady Tornado in the 34th minute.  Grigsby's goal came after senior Monica Aguirre's (Miami, Fla.) shot was stopped by Converse goalkeeper, Gabriella Chamberland.  On the rebound, Grigsby slid the ball into the bottom left corner to give King a 1-0 lead.  Aguirre was credited with her second assist on the year.

The Lady Tornado narrowly missed going up 2-0 as another Aguirre shot found the post just under five minutes into the second half. 

Converse responded in the 61st minute with a goal by Georgia Jones who made a move with the ball to the right side of the box to get free and then took a shot low to the far post past Lady Tornado senior goalkeeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) for the equalizer.

Neither team scored for the rest of the second half. Grigsby nearly had her second goal of the game in the waning seconds of regulation when with four seconds left she struck a shot that Chamberland corralled for the save, send the match into overtime.

Kendyl Baird (Boone, N.C.) had an opportunity to end the match late in the second overtime session. With 75 seconds remaining, she broke through the Valkyrie defense and recorded the last shot attempt for either side, but sailed wide left of the cage by a small margin.

King outshot Converse 7-2 in the two overtime periods but neither team could find the back of the net, resulting in a draw.

King held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks and a 24-13 edge in shot attempts for the whole match.  Freshman Kendyl Baird had nine of those shots, six of which were on goal, to lead the Lady Tornado in both categories. Chamberland had 12 saves to keep the Valkyries in the match.

Kitts had a solid day in between the pipes for King, saving six of the seven shots on goal she faced.

The Lady Tornado will step out of conference for their next match and play Lincoln Memorial University at Parks Field on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2:00 p.m.  Live statistics and video will be available for the match.