Season Concludes with Round 1 Loss to Limestone
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Shelton scored her 14th goal of the season in the second half just before the 66th minute in the face of a 3-0 deficit. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native scored unassisted after dribbling through the Saints defense and attacked from the near side with a chip shot that landed over the keepers head. It was the first goal in over 350 minutes that Kristina Alderin-Fleagle had allowed and brought the Tornado within two goals with just over 24 minutes remaining.
King kept the margin close in shots taken, ending the game trailing 16-12 in total shot attempts. Limestone had a higher number of shots on goal, testing King junior keeper Abbey Kitts (Tazwell, Va.). Kitts finished with seven saves on the day, four in the second half.
Limestone lit up the scoreboard first with a goal at 16:04 off the foot of Gabriella Reid to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. On a push down the field, Ashley Alderin-Fleagle took the ball to the top, near-side corner of the goal box and fed Reid a pass through traffic in front of the net. Reid then put a low liner to the near corner of the goal for her 10th goal of the season and an early Limestone lead.
Alderin-Fleagle found the score sheet once again for her 20th goal of the year to double the Saint lead. Alderin-Fleagle, who came into the game the top goal scorer in Division II, took the ball from just past the midfield marker on the King side all the way down into the box. After splitting the Tornado defense, Alderin-Fleagle found the back of the net with a right-footed kick, beating King goalkeeper Abbey Kitts.
The Saints took the 2-0 advantage into the break but increased their lead to three at 55:27 when Dominique Evans scored Limestone's third goal of the game off of a through ball from teammate Dominique Reid.
The loss ends the Tornado's season in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In their first year as a Conference Carolinas member, the Tornado finished 8-8-1 overall with a 7-4-1 league ledger. After starting the conference season 0-3-0, King turned their season around by finishing their final nine games with a 7-1-1 record against the competition. In their final 11 games of the season, the Tornado finished 7-3-1 and outscored the competition 26-9 in those games. They recorded four shut out victories in that time, notching four wins and a draw in those matches.
Limestone will advance to the semi-final round to play the winner of the Queens/Coker match and play on Thursday, Nov. 3.