BRISTOL, Tenn. – What easily could have been a 2-0 lead in favor of the host King Tornado men's soccer team turned into a 2-0 loss to North Greenville University. Both Crusader goals came in the last 10 minutes of the second half.
Daniel Grossi (Dundee, Scotland) was the first to ring the crossbar in the 28th minute of the contest coming off a corner kick. Shortly after, Grossi also missed high over the crossbar with a header attempt, all in a 20 second span.
After the turn of the half, Luis Alonso (Atlanta, Ga.) was fed in from the left side and drove inward toward the cage. His attempt to find the top-left corner was close to breaking a 0-0 tie, but like Grossi's shot hit the crossbar and bounced away to be played by North Greenville.
Just before Alonso's close miss, Ashkan Balooch (Nashville, Tenn.) had a chance at a wide open net after taking a cross pass from the right side, but a Crusader defender knocked the shot down for the team save and to keep it scoreless.
North Greenville's Thales Wieczorek scored the first of two Crusader goals off a rebound attempt. A mess in front of the net had bodies everywhere, but Wieczorek dove in and knocked home the eventual game-winning goal.
Less than a minute later, Adam Turner was taken down inside the penalty box on a move toward the cage and was awarded a penalty kick. Turner went low and to the left, beating King keeper Josh Feener and increasing their lead, 2-0.
Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) led the team with five shot attempts, landing one on goal. Feener made six saves in his second start between the posts.
King (0-8-0, 0-3-0) will be back in action on Saturday in the second half of a soccer doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. from Parks Field. The Tornado will play the Barton Bulldogs with a tentative 4 p.m. kickoff.