Flying Fleet stun Tornado in waning seconds

Photo credit: Brooke Hatcher
Photo credit: Brooke Hatcher

DUE WEST, S.C. – Following their comeback win on Wednesday, the King University men's soccer team was in another tight contest on Saturday when they opened Conference Carolinas play at Erskine College. Carlos Saavedra evened the tally late in the second half, forcing overtime, but the Flying Fleet scored late in the second extra session to take the game 4-3 in double overtime.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Erskine 4, King 3 (F/2OT)
LOCATION: Huggins Field; Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 2-2, 0-1 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 2-2, 1-0 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Saavedra lit up the scoreboard early on, finding the back of the net in the 11th minute. He took a through ball from Jairo Ruiz Caram and beat the keeper to put the Tornado on top.
  • The lead was short-lived, however, as the Flying Fleet evened the score when Tim Boeckstaens found the back of the net a few minutes later.
  • In the 34th minute, Erskine took the lead when Daniel Jonna took a pass and beat the keeper to give Erskine a 2-1 lead at halftime.
  • Boeckstaens extended the Erskine lead to 3-1 with another goal in the 49th minute.
  • The Tornado didn't give up, however, as Ben Harris found Ben Delisle in front of the net who buried his shot, pulling the Tornado within one.
  • Saavedra nearly evened the tally in the 67th minute, but his shot ricocheted off the post.
  • In the 78th minute, Saavedra broke through on a free kick from 25 yards out, evening the tally at 3-3.
  • Erskine a chance in the 88th minute, the attempt went wide, sending the game to overtime.
  • Ben Allan registered the only scoring chance for either team in the first overtime, but his shot sailed high and the game went to a second extra session.
  • Allan again came up with a chance, but his shot in the 108th minute was turned away.
  • The Flying Fleet then quickly turned the field and Kacper Zak ripped a shot from 40 yards out the found the back of the net with five seconds remaining, giving Erskine the 4-3 win.
  • Seven of King's 13 shots were on frame.
  • The Tornado earned 10 corner kicks while holding Erskine to two in the contest.

FOR THE FOES

  • The Flying Fleet took seven shots in the game, placing five on goal.
  • Goalkeeper Mikael Varin made four saves.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Saavedra posts his second straight game with two goals.
  • The goal for Delisle was the first of his career.
  • Caram handed out his first career assist, as did Harris.
  • The double overtime game marked the first time since 2015 the Tornado went to double overtime. That season, King played three straight double overtime games, including a 1-1 draw with Erskine.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado are scheduled to host rival Lees-McRae College on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Parks Field.
  • Erskine travels to Emmanuel College on Wednesday.