Offense lifts King over North Greenville

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard on Saturday when they hosted North Greenville University. The Tornado scored three first half goals and added a pair in the second half to defeat the Crusaders 5-1.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 5, North Greenville 1
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-6, 1-3 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 2-7, 0-5 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tornado offense quickly moved play down the field to start the game earning three corner kicks and ripping their first three shots on goal in the first seven minutes. However, all three shots were turned away by the Crusader goalkeeper.
  • King broke through in the eight minute when Paula Doran took a corner kick to Miranda Smith who found Kendyl Baird in front of the net who placed her header in the upper right 90, giving King the 1-0 lead.
  •  Smith again found Baird in the 15th minute as she send a pass down the right side of the field to Baird who placed her shot off the right post and in.
  • In the 37th minute, Kara Garrett dribbled thought the defense and laced a shot into the lower right corner of the net to beat the keeper and give a 3-0 lead.
  • King goalkeeper Lauren Cox made a pair of saves in the 42nd minute, to give King a 3-0 lead at halftime.
  • The Tornado began the second half just as they did the first, with a pair of shots in the first four minutes.
  • In the 50th minute, Smith extended the Tornado lead as she took a pass from Lindsay Curtis who was at the top of the box and ripped her shot into the lower right corner.
  • North Greenville then cut into the lead in the 53rd minute when Lindsay Tuten picked up a deflection at the top of the box and placed her shot into the lower left corner to cut the Crusader deficit to 4-1.
  • However, Smith had an answer in the 57th minute Baird fed a pass to her from the middle of the box. Smith then ripped her shot into the upper far corner to stretch the King lead back to four goals at 5-1.
  • King continued to take shots on frame, as three were waved in the 61st minute.
  • The Crusaders had a pair of chances in the final 15 minutes, but Olivia Drake turned away both shots that were on frame to give King the 5-1 victory.
  • King ripped 38 shots in the game, placing 23 on goal.

FOR THE FOES

  • The Crusaders took 13 shots in the game, placing six on frame.
  • The goal for Tuten was her first of the season.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King ripped 38 shots in the contest, their most since becoming NCAA Division II members in 2011. The previous high was 34 shots which the Tornado accomplished twice in 2014 and once in 2011.
  • In terms of shots on goal, the 23 shots on target are the most in the NCAA Division II era as well. A season ago King ripped 20 shots at Southern Wesleyan Unviersity.
  • The goals for Baird and Smith keep the duo in the team lead with four goals each on the season.
  • Smith also leads the team with four assists on the season.
  • The goal for Garrett is her third of the season.

UP NEXT

  • King will be in action again on Wednesday when they travel to take on 14th-ranked Carson-Newman University. Kickoff from Jefferson City, Tenn., is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
  • The Crusaders next take on Emmanuel College on Thursday.
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