King Trumps Queens with Shelton’s Senior Sendoff Goal
Morgan Shelton postgame interview (.mp3) - click here
Shelton, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., made a habit of scoring with only seconds left on the clock. Her game-winning tally was converted with just five seconds left in the second overtime session. Shelton received a long ball from junior Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and took care of the rest, beating her defender by dribbling past her and straight for Royals' goalkeeper Megan Hirschy. Hirschy attempted to challenge Shelton on the play but failed to get a glove on the ball as Shelton lifted it up and over her from approximately seven yards out.
The goal was Shelton's second of the day and 13th of the season. Of her 13 goals this season through 14 games, it was her fourth game-winning goal. She has now posted back-to-back multiple goal game after she scored twice against Barton in a 4-1 win on Saturday (Oct. 22). Tuesday marked her fourth multi-goal game of the year.
Shelton scored her first of two goals on the day with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. King pressured the Royals' defense with nine shot attempts, but their final attempt from Shelton before the half expired lit the scoreboard and sent the crowd at Parks Field into a roar. Shelton took possession of the ball from nearly 35 yards out and dribbled past the Queens defense, beating her defender and took it within seven yards of the Royals' cage. She took her shot from that range and with a boot from her right foot put King ahead, 1-0, before breaking for halftime.
Queens forced overtime by scoring in the 88th minute off a strike from Hope Hartman that trickled through the wickets of King goalkeeper Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.). Hartman took a pass from Sarah Hawley and from 15 yards out, hit a bouncer straight to the junior keeper and its found a hole and the back of the net to tie the game at one goal with 12:24 remaining in the second half.
Kitts finished the game with three saves, one in each half of play plus an additional save in the first overtime session.
The Royals put pressure on the Lady Tornado through the second half and first overtime session, outshooting King 10-5 over that time. However, King outshot Queens 9-2 in the first half and through the duration of the contest, 17-12.
Three seniors detrimental to this season and the program's overall success were honored prior to the start of today's game. Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Hannah Shankel (Bristol, Va.) and Stephanie Wettin (Anchorage, Alaska) were recognized and praised for their longstanding commitment to the Women's Soccer program and the College while alongside of their friends and family before the start of the match.
With the win, King (7-7-1, 6-4-1) moves into sixth place in the Conference Carolinas standings with one league game left to play. They currently are tied with Queens with 19 points but hold the tiebreaker over the Royals with their win on Tuesday. With a win and a Pfeiffer loss, they have an opportunity to finish fifth in the conference. The Lady Tornado will play Converse in their final regular season game on Saturday, Oct. 29. King and Converse will play in Spartanburg, S.C. and kick off at 7:00 p.m.