Second half surge lifts King over SWU

Second half surge lifts King over SWU

CENTRAL, S.C. – The King University women's soccer team used a pair of second half goals to comeback and defeat Southern Wesleyan University on the road on Wednesday night. Catherine Walsh got the Tornado on the board, and Reagan Dempsey netted the game-winner with two minutes remaining to give King the 2-1 win.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 2, Southern Wesleyan 1
LOCATION: Childs Field; Central, S.C.
RECORDS: King 2-9-1, 2-6 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 7-5, 3-4 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors controlled play during the first 15 minutes, but King goalkeeper Olivia Drake came up with a pair of saves to keep the match scoreless.
  • McKenzie Clarke gave King their first scoring chance in the 29th minute, but the shot was turned away.
  • Southern Wesleyan broke through in the 34th minute when Ashley Romanowski took a pass from Rachel Curtis and found the back of the net, putting the Warriors ahead.
  • Clarke had another shot turned away and Drake came up with two more saves, keeping the score at 1-0 at halftime.
  • Miranda Smith started the second half on the attack for the Tornado, taking four shots, and place three on goal in the first eight minutes of the half. However, all were turned away by the Warrior goalkeeper.
  • In the 68th minute, Walsh broke through for the Tornado, chipping her shot over the keeper and just inside the far post, evening the score at 1-1.
  • Dempsey and Walsh continued to fire shots over the final 20 minutes, and it finally paid off in the 88th minute.
  • Walsh found Dempsey in front of the net, and she buried her shot, giving King the 2-1 advantage.
  • Drake made a pair of saves in the final minute, giving King the 2-1 victory.
  • In all, Drake made eight saves, helping the Tornado to the win.
  • King placed 11 of their 15 shots on goal in the contest. In the second half, the Tornado outshot the Warriors 12-7.
  • All of King's three corner kicks came in the second half as well.

FOR THE FOES

  • Southern Wesleyan placed nine of their 20 shots on goal and earned five corner kicks in the contest.
  • Courtney McNeill made nine saves.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The goal for Dempsey was the first of her career.
  • Walsh now has a team-leading three goals on the season.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado travel to take on the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan travels to Limestone College on Saturday.