Winspear Strikes Again, Clinches Playoff Spot with OT Winner
After both teams played to a goalless score through 90 minutes of play, Winspear (Yarm, England) once again came through in the team's moment of need with his third game-winning goal of the year and 15th overall. Just 2:16 into the overtime session, the senior streaked down the left side of the field and received and pass from sophomore Joe Mayer (Essex, England) out in front of the net. With a right boot, Winspear finished the job deep inside the box, finding the back of the net for the lone goal that sent King into a frenzy. The assist was Mayer's sixth of the season, tying Sam Nicol for the team lead.
With the goal, Winspear extended his streak of consecutive matches with at least one point to eight. He has now scored at least one goal in seven of the last eight games dating back to Oct. 1 and since that match has scored eight of his 15 total goals this season.
Patrick Milfeld (Dallas, Texas) kept the Royals off the scoreboard making four saves in the shutout effort. The senior now has a 3-2-1 overall record and recorded his second shutout of the season, his first since Sept. 20 against Erskine.
Queens had opportunities to score recording three shots that hit off the King posts, two of which happened in a five second span in the first half. The Royals outshot the Tornado, 20-14, though both teams recorded four shots on goal through 92-plus minutes.
With the win, King (5-8-2, 5-5-1) moves into sole possession of seventh place in the conference standings and have solidified a spot in the Conference Carolinas Tournament beginning Oct. 31. The Tornado have one game remaining, a non-conference road match against Mars Hills this Saturday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.