Second half onslaught pushes King over Milligan

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a scoreless first half, the King University women's soccer team responded with a big second half to defeat Milligan College 5-1 on Wednesday evening at Parks Field. The Tornado got five goals from five different goal scorers, including the first career goals for Ami Martins and Sasha Haderer.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 5, Milligan 1
LOCATION: Parks Field, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-3, Milligan 3-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tornado had chances in the first half, but couldn't find the back of the net.
  • King laced 10 shots, placing four on frame, but all were saved by the Milligan goalkeeper.
  • When the second half started, so did the scoring as Alyson McMillian started the frenzy for Milligan, finding the back of the net in the 50th minute. She took a pass from Bekah Cundiff and ripped a shot from right to left, beating the keeper.
  • It didn't take long for Kara Garrett to answer for the Tornado, scoring in the 52nd minute. Garrett took a pass from Miranda Smith and dribbled through the defense before beating the keeper into the lower left side of the net to even the tally.
  • Martins then scored her first career goal in the 55th minute when she picked up a loose ball in the middle of the box and shot to the left, beating the keeper.
  • The goals kept coming for King as Smith found the back of the net from an incredible angle in the 60th minute. Smith was five yards from the goal line and five yards outside the box on the right and ripped her shot into the upper left 90 to give King a 3-1 lead.
  • Kendyl Baird extended the lead in the 73rd minute when she controlled a throw in, and ripped her shot from 25 yards out. The shot sailed over the keeper and into the back of the net.
  • Haderer added another goal in the 87th minute when she dribble down the left side of the box to the goal line and ripped a shot that deflected off the keeper and in, giving King the 5-1 win.
  • Nicole Dagher came up with three saves, helping the Tornado to the victory.

FOR THE FOES

  • McMillian tallied the lone goal for Milligan, her third of the season.
  • Charlotte Stephens made seven saves in goal for the Buffaloes.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King had five different players score goals, marking the second time this year the Tornado have had at least four different goal scorers. The Tornado had four players account for four goals against Mars Hill.
  • The five different goal scorers also marks the first time since September 16 of last year King had five different players score at least one goal in a game. Last year, five players accounted for six goals in a win at Southern Wesleyan.

UP NEXT

  • King next faces Converse College on Saturday in a Conference Carolinas match at Parks field. The Valkyries took a pair of double overtime contests from the Tornado a season, the first in the regular season finale, and then again in the first round of the conference tournament at Parks Field. Kickoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.
  • Milligan next faces Emory & Henry College on Sunday.

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