MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Tornado offense has begun to hits its stride as it entered its second conference game of the season. Senior Tom Winspear recorded his second hat trick of the season and Zack Caracciolo had a two-point day, propelling the King College men's soccer team to a 4-2 win over the Mount Olive Trojans on Saturday.
As was the case in this week's game versus Lees-McRae, the Tornado took little time to get on the board when Caracciolo scored his second goal of the season. Receiving a long cross from the right side of the pitch, Caracciolo hit the back of the net from 10 yards out, unassisted, to give King an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Mount Olive struck back with two unanswered goals from Ranom Gallardo and Alex Rodriguez before the 15-minute mark, but then it became the Tom Winspear Show as the Yarm, England native scored the next three goals in succession.
Out of the second half, Winspear received a pass from Zachary Clark (Huntsville, Ala.) and converted a breakaway attempt, beating Trojan goalkeeper Kyle Lavender. His first score tied the game at two goals apiece before he went on to score his fifth and sixth goals of the season.
Winspear then benefitted on a perfectly executed corner kick at 59:26 of the second half. Caracciolo took the cornerkick and lofted it into the box where Winspear headed it home for the eventual game-winning goal, giving the Tornado a 3-2 lead. He completed his hat trick and gave King an insurance goal in the 88th minute, receiving a through ball from Joe Mayer (Essex, England) and bettering the Mount Olive defense on a one-on-one opportunity.
After both teams went into halftime having taken three shots apiece, King outshot Mount Olive 10-2 in the final 45:00 to give them a game total of 13 shots to the Trojans' five. Patrick Milfeld (Dallas, Texas) made his only save in the first half in the win.
King (2-2-1, 2-1-0) will continue their stand away from home when they play Erkine College on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.