HARROGATE, Tenn. – For the second time in as many games the Tornado women's soccer team took an early lead on their opponent and came out of the half ahead. However, Lincoln Memorial University returned fire with three goals in the second half to overtake King College, 3-2, despite a late rally by the Tornado.
Down 3-1 in the 80th minute of the contest, Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored her third goal in two games to help the Tornado draw within one goal. After the ball was sent to the wide side, Shelton played it through and made s trike out in front of the goal, finding an open hole in the top-left corner. The score drew the Tornado within one, but was all the closer the team drew before succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.
King (1-1) maintained possession of the ball for much of the next seven minutes but did not get off another shot before the end of regulation.
The Tornado took an early 1-0 lead off a goal from Devon Shanklin (Knoxville, Tenn.), her first of the season. The junior was fed a pass from about ten yards out by Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.) and finished the attack with a good strike placed to the bottom corner of the cage. Shankle recorded assists on both King goals for her first helpers on the year.
"Morgan's goal was an important goal for us," said Head Coach Simon Duffy. "But regardless where the goals are coming from we didn't play like we can play in the second half and LMU took full advantage of that."
Lincoln Memorial tied the game at one in the 59th minute off a Sydni Bailey chip shot from 40 yards out. Savannah Pitt scored twice for the Railsplitters, both goals coming 2:15 apart. Pitt's first goal came off a cross from in front of the goal that she finished to take a 2-1 lead. Her second in the 76th minute came unassisted extended the lead to two goals before Shelton's goal at 80:38.
Goalkeeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) made 15 saves on the day and faced 28 shots total. Her opposition, Kayla Hanson, made only one save while allowing two on three total shots on goal against. LMU outshot King 29-6 in the game, tallying 17 shots in the second half.
"I'm challenging the girls now. We have to keep our feet on the ground," said Duffy. "We need to take things from both the wins and losses and put that together to put on a good show in front of our fans at home on Saturday."
The Tornado will ready themselves for their home and conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Parks Field (Bristol, Tenn.). The men and the women both play Limestone College as part of a men's/women's doubleheader. The women will take the pitch at 1:00 p.m. while the men's game will begin at 4:00 p.m.