Lady Tornado to play top seed Spring Arbor at NCCAA

GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College received the No. 8 seed for the upcoming NCCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Tournament, the national office announced.

King, at 7-12 on the season, won the Mid-East Region championship Saturday with a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Campbellsville (Ky.) University. The Lady Tornado will take a three-match winning streak to Kissimmee, Fla., and the national event. King has posted a 4-6 record away from Bristol this season with the three victories in the current winning streak all away from home in the program's first season as a NCAA Division II team.

The last time the Lady Tornado played in a national event was the 2008 NAIA National Tournament when King tied Berry (Ga.) College 0-0, but lost the shoot out 5-4. It was King's second straight season going to the NAIA event.

King has totaled 25 goals in 19 contests this season led by Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.) with eight apiece. Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) has posted three shutouts in goal for King with a 2.44 goals against average in 18 matches played.

The Lady Tornado drew No. 1 seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) University for a 5 p.m. match on Dec. 1. Spring Arbor last played in the NCCAA National Tournament in 2007 where the team finished second. Spring Arbor comes into the event with a 16-5-1 record. Away from home this season Spring Arbor went 9-3-1, but has yet to play a neutral field contest. The top seed won nine straight games from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6 before a tie with Indiana Wesleyan University in the Mid-Central Conference championship match, but Spring Arbor won the penalty kick 5-4. With the conference crown, Spring Arbor played in the NAIA National Tournament, but lost to Robert Morris College 3-1 on Nov. 20.

Spring Arbor scored 65 goals in 22 matches this season while allowing just 18. Kristin Abbott paced the No. 1 seed with a dozen goals and 14 assists. The defense for Spring Arbor has pitched 10 shutouts.

The winner between King and Spring Arbor advances to Thursday's 7:30 p.m. match to play the winner between No. 4 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University and No. 5 Corban (Ore.) University. The losers of the first round match have a 5 p.m. meeting on Thursday.

The other side of the bracket features No. 2 Trinity Christian (Ill.) College, No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College, No. 6 Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University and No. 7 Dallas Baptist (Texas) University.

All eight teams at the event will play in three matches as Saturday, Dec. 4, will feature four matches, for the championship, third place, fifth place and seventh place.

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Seed

Team (2010 Record)

Last NCCAA Appearance
Since 2000

#1

Spring Arbor (Mich.) University (16-5-1)

2007

#2

Trinity Christian (Ill.) College (16-3-2)

2007

#3

Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College (15-3-2)

2009

#4

Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University (14-6-1)

2008

#5

Corban (Ore.) University (16-4)

2003

#6

Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University (12-5-1)

2009

#7

Dallas Baptist (Texas) University (10-10-1)

2009

#8

King (Tenn.) College (7-12)

N/A