Offense was the story of the match as King (3-7-1, 3-5) put pressure on North Greenville (6-6-0, 5-4) with 24 shtos, 17 of them falling between the posts. King scored all four of its goals in the first half with an offense that put together 16 shots against starting NGU goalkeeper Justen Braddock.
"If we play a game where we focus and execute like we did today, I think we have the skills necessary to win a lot more games as we close out the year," said Head Coach Louis Thorpe.
Joe Mayer (Essex, England) was one of three King players to record multiple points on the day. The CLASS registered a goal and an assist, contributing to the first and third scores of the day. Mayer began the Tornado scoring trend with his first goal of the season in the 11thminute of the match. Sam Nicol (Midlothians, Scotland) fed Mayer with a pass from 30 yards out, where he beat the defense and chipped the ball over Braddock who had challenged the play.
Less than 10 minutes later, the Tornado doubled their lead when the combination of Colby Childress (Huntsville, Ala.) and Tom Winspear (Yarm, England) added a second goal. At 17:13 of the first half, Winspear attempted a header from inside the box that was punched out by Braddock. The rebound went straight out to Childress where the CLASS beamed a shot from 13 yards out and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Zack Caracciolo (Clarksville, Tenn.) got in on the scoring party with his fourth of the season just two minutes following Childress' goal. Streaking down the left side of the field, Caracciolo received a cross pass from Mayer and while diving, bumped the ball over the goal line to beat Braddock for the third time on the day.
Winspear was back on the case again, scoring his 12th goal of the year and becoming the second of three King players with multiple points on Wednesday. He and Nicol became mutli-point scorers on the same play when after a North Greenville foul and a King free kick, Winspear rocketing a shot from the left side of the box and scored the team's third goal. Nicol earned an assist after touching it up to Winspear before the score.
"It's a big win," said Thorpe. "It's always good to always come out and play against a quality opponent and jump out on a team like we did today."
Two red cards were administered, both to North Greenville. The NGU goalkeeper, Braddock, was given an early exit after a dangerous play on a ball out of the box that initiated contact with a King midfielder. Wil Pickel was also red carded after physical play in the middle of the field put the Crusaders two men down with three minutes to go. Six yellow cards were issued, four to King.
"Our approach today and this weekend will be to win or go home. I hope the boys remember that as we step on the field," said Thorpe.
The Tornado will end a five-match home stand against Pfeiffer University on Saturday, Oct. 15 as a part of family weekend being held at the College. The Lady Tornado soccer team will begin a doubleheader of soccer action beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Parks Field. The Tornado will take to the field following the women's game, tentatively at 4:00 p.m.
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