Lady Tornado Battle Back but Fall Short Against Bulldogs
Helena Dimantas Farias posted a hat trick in the Bulldogs' win and scored the game-winning goal in the double overtime period. The Lady Tornado (4-5-0, 3-3) were called for a foul just before the goal was scored. Samantha Skinner lined up for the free kick and played the ball into the box where Dimantas-Farias headed it in for the game-winner.
"At this level, it is just showing up and playing," said Head Coach Simon Duffy. "Cumberland is a very talented team but being down two at the half wasn't where we wanted to be. I give our players credit. They kept with it. To get it back to level I really thought we had the legs to push it and go but unfortunately they got the break at the end."
Katie Keys (Richmond, Va.) and Heidi Steger each scored their first collegiate goal late in the comeback effort. Keys scored the game-tying goal just after the turn of the 78th minute directly off of Monica Aguirre's (Miami, Fla.) corner kick from the near-side corner. After playing the ball into the box, Keys got airborne and headed the rock into the Bulldogs goal to nod the game at three goals apiece and sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Keys missed the first three games of the season due to injury but since returning to the lineup on Sept. 14 has been a mainstay in the Lady Tornado defense. "We missed Katie at the start of the season and we wanted to get her healthy before she got in," said Duffy. "She was a rock today and has been that way the last two or three games. We are a different team when she's playing."
Steger brought the game within one goal with a blast from 30 yards out on the right side of the field. Off a free kick, the Chattanooga, Tenn. native let it fly and the ball found its way into the top-left corner of the Bulldogs cage.
After falling being 1-0 early, Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.) leveled the playing field at one goal with a right-footed shot that flew past the Cumberland keeper from about 10 yards out. Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) fed Shankle inside the 18-yard marker and after a dribble to gain position and blasted into the cage.
Dimantas Farias scored a second time in the 29th minute after receiving a pass from Siobhan Morales in the box. After catching King keeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) leaning, Dimantas Farias finished the play, finding the right side of the goal. Morgan Shaffer served as the other Bulldog goal scorer, posting a goal in the 39th minute for a two-goal lead Cumberland took into the half.
"Our character though put a smile on the face, despite the loss. All the credit to the ladies for coming back in the second half, especially against a talented team like Cumberland," said Duffy.
King continues its current home stretch with a second non-conference match at Parks Field on Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Tusculum Pioneers at 2:00 p.m. The Lady Tornado will take the pitch as part of a men's/women's doubleheader to be played that day. The team will then hop back into Conference Carolinas play at home against North Greenville (Oct. 12) and versus Pfeiffer (Oct. 15), both at home.