BREVARD, N.C. – In their opening action of the 2011 season against another set of Tornados, Morgan Shelton and the King College women's soccer team started this year's campaign on the right foot with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Brevard College Tornados earlier today.
The senior out of Chattanooga, Tenn. led the King offense taking seven of the team's 12 shots on goal. Of her five shots between the posts, two of those found the back of the net for her first scores of the year.
Morgan's first score came in the seventh minute of the opening half after acquiring ball possession inside the BC goal box. Attempting to sharpshoot a shot into the high-left corner, Morgan's boot deflected off of a Brevard defender and skipped past the diving goalkeeper to give King a 1-0 advantage early.
King (1-0) doubled its lead in just after the turn of the 75th minute when Morgan nailed her second goal of the game. After receiving a pass from freshman Monica Aguirre (Miami, Flor.) at the top of the box, Brevard keeper Crissy Moran came out to challenge Morgan's next move. From approximately 18 yards out, Morgan lofted the ball up and over Moran and watched it nestle into the lower right corner of the Brevard goal.
"Everybody stepped up today," said first-year head coach Simon Duffy. "It was a total team effort and Morgan put the icing on the cake with a two-goal performance. Everybody came to play today and that's great for it being our first game."
Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) earned her first win of the season by making three saves in her 90:00 of play. Brevard challenged Kitts and the King defense, outshooting them 17-12 in the match. The King defense did not allow a shot on goal in the second half.
"Our defense put some good pressure on the ball, but overall it was a great team performance," said Duffy. "I am very happy with the team for hanging in there. It was a tough game and they are a very good team."
Duffy said of his senior Morgan, "With it being her senior year I challenged her to have a standout year. Judging by today, I think the challenge is going well, so far."
King will take to the road one more time before their home and Conference Carolina opener on Sept. 10 against Limestone. The team will travel to (Harrogate, Tenn.) for a Sept. 7 match at Lincoln Memorial at 2:00 p.m.