BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the opening minutes of the second half Monica Aguirre scored the only goal necessary to hand King their second Conference Carolinas win of the season. The Lady Tornado defeated North Greenville University, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Parks Field.
Aguirre, a native of Miami, Fla., notched her second goal of the season in the 47th minute of the contest. Senior Lauren Kist dribbled down the left side of the pitch and sent a ball into defender Heidi Steger's feet in the middle. The senior slipped it inside to Aguirre who cut it back to her left foot and drilled a shot to the top-left corner of the cage. Steger was credited with her first assist of the season.
Key to the victory was reserve goaltender Amanda Huffaker (Knoxville, Tenn.) who started the second half of the contest, relieving Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.). Kitts left the pitch with a foot injury but made five saves before her departure.
Sophomore Amanda Huffaker was tested early and often in the second but defended the space between the posts with great success, shutting out the Crusaders in 45 minutes played. Thirty-nine seconds into the half, Crusader Hope Martin put a shot on goal marking Huffaker's first save of the day.
After Monica Aguirre gave the Lady Tornado the lead, Franki Jumper nearly tied it up with a header attempt on goal. Huffaker snagged it from the right side of the box, maintaining King's lead. After all was said and done, Huffaker ended with seven saves and the win, her first of her career.
While Steger took the most shot attempts with five, Jamie Grigsby led the team with three shots on goal. Aguirre put three shot attempts together against NGU, landing one, the eventual game-winning goal.
King (3-2-1, 2-1-1) has now won two straight matches, both at home by 1-0 scores. They will begin the second half of their four-game homestand when they host the Barton Bulldogs this Saturday, Sept. 29. They will kick off at 2 p.m. as part of a men's/women's doubleheader. King will wrap up the home stand while hosting Belmont Abbey on Oct. 4.