Last second goal gives Tusculum 2-1 win over King

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Playing their first road contest of the year, the King University women's soccer team played a solid game at Tusculum College on Wednesday night. Paula Doran put the Tornado ahead in the first half, but the Pioneers answered. It appeared the game would head to overtime, but the Pioneers scored with 3.9 seconds remaining to take the contest 2-1.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Tusculum 2, King 1
LOCATION: Pioneer Field, Greeneville, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 1-2; Tusculum 2-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Doran got the scoring started in the 36th minute when Ami Martins served a ball into the right side of the box. Doran then placed her shot to the far post, giving King the 1-0 lead.
  • It didn't take the Pioneers long to answer as Lindsey Kelly tallied the equalizer in the 40th minute. She collected a loose ball and chipped her shot over the keeper from 15 yards out.
  • Tornado goalkeeper Olivia Drake helped keep the Tornado offense within striking range in the first half, tallying five saves.
  • The Pioneers started the second half on the attack, ripping a shot that was saved by Drake, and another that went wide in the first 10 minutes.
  • Tusuclum stepped up their defense in the second half, stymying the Tornado offense as King was held without a shot for the second 45 minutes.
  • Drake kept the game even for the Tornado when she came up with a pair of saves in the 80th and 81st minutes.
  • The Pioneers continued to pressure King, lacing a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar in the 87th minute and at that point it appeared the contest would head to overtime.
  • However, Tusculum had a free kick from near midfield with less than 30 seconds remaining. The free kick went into the box where Drake tried to clear the attempt.
  • The clearing attempted deflected off of a Tusculum player and Carlie Thornber put the ball in the back of the net with 3.9 seconds remaining, giving the Pioneers the 2-1 victory.
  • King took six shots in the contest, three being on frame.
  • Drake accounted for nine saves in the contest.

FOR THE FOES

  • For Kelly and Thornber, their goals were the first of the season for each.
  • Tusculum ripped 19 shots in the contest, 11 being on frame.

UP NEXT

  • King will be in action again on Sunday when they travel to take on Emmanuel College. Kickoff from Franklin Springs, Ga. is slated for 2:00 p.m.
  • Tusculum next takes on Union University (Tenn.) on Friday.
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