October 17, 2012

Tornado Fall Just Short in 3-2 Defeat to Erskine

Pete Griffith nodded Wednesday's match at two goals on a penalty kick but Erskine pulled away in the 62nd minute with the go-ahead goal in King's 3-2 loss to the Fleet.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Thomas Dube and Pete Griffith each scored goals for the King Tornado in their match with the Erskine Flying Fleet at Parks Field, Wednesday afternoon. The Fleet broke a 2-2 tie in the 62 minute and rode a one-goal lead to the final gun, handing King a 3-2 loss.

Griffith, a native of Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, scored his second goal of the season on a penalty kick administered when Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) was fouled harshly in the box on a header attempt. Griffith took the penalty kick and shot a low liner to Erskine keeper Roberto De La Vina's left side. De La Vina got a hand of the ball but it trickled just over the goal line to count for the game-tying score, 2-2. The goal was scored at 51:59.

A costly turnover deep in King territory proved to be the difference maker when Erskine's Jay Lang depossessed a King defender at the top of the box and drew goaltender Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) out of the box. Lang's shot flew past Feener as he challenged and ended up in the back of the net, giving Erskine a 3-2 lead. The goal, scored at 61:43, turned out to be the game-winner after De La Vina kept King scoreless the duration of the match.

Thomas Dube (Johnson City, Tenn./Tri-Cities Christian H.S.) scored his first goal of the season to tie the game for the first time in the 25th minute of the contest. The sophomore streaked down the left side of the field and sent in a bender from an odd angle that guided itself inside the far post.

The tie was short lived when nearly four minutes after Dube's goal, Jack Kimber took a free kick from the far left side of the pitch that sailed inside the right post, just past Feener. Kimber's goal gave the Fleet a 2-1 lead that they took into the half.

King (1-13-0, 1-8-0) will play at Concord on Oct. 19 and kick off at 2 p.m. as part of a men's/women's doubleheader. They will finish their league slate at Lees-McRae on Oct. 23 before playing their final home game on Oct. 27 against Trevecca Nazarene.