BRISTOL, Tenn. – A goal in the 12th minute of Saturday afternoon's contests made the difference in a 1-0 decision against the Barton Bulldogs. King fell to 2-2-1 in conference play with the 1-0 loss from Parks Field.
The visiting Barton Bulldogs scored the match's lone goal in at 11:46 in the opening period, but the Lady Tornado was not without opportunities to tie the match. Freshman Rachel Thorpe (Ontario, Canada) had two shots knocked away in the final 25 minutes of the contest and her final strike with 8:42 left sailed high over crossbar.
King's final wave on the attack was led by senior Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who put together two shot attempts a minute apart from one another. Her first attempt was saved by Barton keeper Carson Moore and while fighting inside the box, her final shot was blocked before reaching the cage.
With eight seconds left, Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) made her way into Bulldog territory and much like her teammates was unsuccessful in tying the game before the final horn. The junior strike sailed wide of the right-most post, thus ending the scoring chances for King.
King more than doubled Barton's shot attempt total, putting together 24 attempts while limited the Bulldogs to five in each half.
Barton goalkeeper Carson Moore covered post-to-post and made 10 saves to shut out the Lady Tornado, including a trio of stops that took her vertical to keep King from sneaking in a goal.
Sophomore Amanda Huffaker (Knoxville, Tenn.) made her second start of the season and made a pair of saves on the three shots put on goal for Barton. Thorpe took the most shot attempts (8) and landed the most on goal with five in 71 minutes played.
Barton's goal came 11:46 into the contest when Breanna Briggs crossed the ball into the box with teammates swarming in on Huffaker. Emily Futral got behind the defense and found the ball midflight and slipped the volley inside the left post for the eventual game-winning goal.
The loss drops King to 3-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in Conference Carolinas play. They will finish their four-match homestand against Belmont Abbey on Oct. 4 at Parks Field with a 2 p.m. kickoff.