Steger Belts Game Winner in 2OT Win Versus Coker
Senior defenseman Heidi Steger delivered King its first Conference Carolinas win of the season with a game-winning goal against Coker College, Wednesday afternoon.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Heidi Steger played the hero role in Wednesday afternoon's match against the Coker Cobras when she broke a nil-nil tie and scored the game-winning goal 1:08 in the final overtime session. The win delivered King their first Conference Carolinas victory of the season.
Steger's goal was scored from nearly 30 yards out from the right side of the pitch following a call against Coker for a hand ball, stopping play and giving possession back to King. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native set up outside of the home dugout and scanned the field before gearing up for the shot. Steger launched the ball and watched it sail just under the top crossbar and beyond the outstretched reach of Coker goalkeeper Haley Gibson's hand and into the back of the cage, prompting rush onto the field by the King bench.
The goal, scored in the 102nd minute of the contest, was Steger's first of the season and was unassisted.
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The momentum was Coker's to hold for most of the contest despite the shot count favoring King both overall and in the first half. Coker held possession and won many challenges in the air and on the ground to keep momentum on their side until late in the second half when the tide began to turn.
Head Coach Simon Duffy changed up the lineup when he reinserted Keely Easterling, Jamie Grigsby, Kendyl Baird, and Courtney Long near the 80-minute mark that sparked a turnaround in the possession battle and increased the number of scoring chances the Lady Tornado had. Almost immediately, King earned a corner kick followed by multiple scoring opportunities when Monica Aguirre (Miami, Fla.) sailed a shot high and Grigsby kept a ball in play and rattled it off the post from the right side.
Three minutes later, freshman Kendyl Baird (Boone, N.C.) sent two shots in on the Coker keeper within 60 seconds of one another, sailing one wide left and the other on goal to be saved. Despite the surge in energy, the game was sent to overtime where Steger became the difference and sent King into the locker room with two points for the overtime victory.
Steger led the Lady Tornado with eight shot attempts though her only that landed on goal was the only one that mattered. Jamie Grigsby added six shot attempts to King's 27-14 advantage they held over Coker. The Cobras held the advantage in corners, 12-3.
Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) earned her second shutout of the season making three saves in over 101 minutes played between the posts. Kitts has now allowed only three goals in four games played, possessing a goals against average (GAA) of 0.67 while totaling 25 saves this season.
Coker goaltender Haley Gibson made five saves while her teammate Jalynn Fortt led the team with five shot attempts and two shots on goal off of the bench in 78 minutes played.
King (2-2-1, 1-1-1) will continued their four-match homestand when they host North Greenville University next Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Parks Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.