BANNER ELK, N.C. – A flurry of action that put three goals on the scoreboard in a matter of 1:30 made up much of the action in Tuesday night's Conference Carolinas match between Lees-McRae College and King. Luis Alonso scored twice, including the eventual game-winning tally, to lead King to its second victory of the season in a 3-2 win over the Bobcats.
Alonso, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., scored in each half of play, both unassisted. His first goal came in the 15th minute of the contest when a long ball was sent into Bobcat territory and bounced off of keeper Thomas Rusling. Alonso was there for the putback, leading to his fourth of the season and a 2-0 King lead.
Preceding Alonso's goal, King benefitted from a penalty kick taken by freshman Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.). His successful make gave King an early 1-0 lead just short of the 11th minute. It was Armstrong's third goal of the season.
After taking a 2-0 lead into the half, both teams exchanged goals over a 1:30 time span, totaling three goals between them. At 48:12, the Bobcats' Scott Alford put the hosts on the board when taking a through pass from Brandon Starling and maneuvering around keeper Joshua Feener and putting home their first goal.
Thirty-eight seconds later, Alonso returned fire when he found himself on the received end of a deflected cross pass. Off the deflection, he put a head on the ball and pushed his second goal into an open net. The score gave King a 3-1 lead, but the Bobcats made things interesting again less than one minute later.
In the 50th minute James Smith tallied his second goal of the season, returning the favor on a penalty kick that he placed high in the King cage to draw the Bobcats within a goal, 3-2.
Lees-McRae (3-10-3, 2-5-2 Conference Carolinas) nearly tied the match at three when Preston Shahdad rang the crossbar at the turn of the 69th minute. Despite the unsuccessful attempt and 15 total shot attempts in the second half, Joshua Feener (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) did enough to keep the Bobcats clear of the goal. Feener made five saves in 90 minutes, three of those coming in the second half.
Seven yellow cards were administered throughout the contest, six going the Bobcats. Lees-McRae outshot King, 24-7.
King (2-14-0, 2-8-0) will conclude its season on Oct. 27 when it hosts Trevecca Nazarene at Parks Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.