Crusaders Mount Second Half Comeback, Edges King 2-1
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Lady Tornado took a 1-0 lead into the half behind senior Heidi Steger's second goal of the season but a shift of momentum helped Belmont Abbey College scored two goals in a comeback win at Parks Field on Thursday, 2-1. Amanda Huffaker made nine saves in the losing effort. King is now 3-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 in conference play.
Trailing 2-1 late in the contest, King's final scoring chance of the game came up just short when junior Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) drove down the right side of the field and put a shot on goal, the Lady Tornado's only one of the second half. Grigsby put a good boot on the ball, but Crusader goalkeeper Hannah Kohls made the save with 2:33 remaining and kept King's offense at bay for the rest of the match.
Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) put King on the board early with her second goal of the season. The senior midfielder was fed in by Grigsby where she stationed up about 15 to 20 yards out, right of the goal, and put a strong strike to beat Kohls vertically. The assist was Grigsby's first of the year.
King took a 1-0 lead into halftime but the momentum shifted to Belmont Abbey's side where they laid 16 shots against the Lady Tornado and sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Huffaker (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Following an unfortunate injury to defender Grayson Collins (Bristol, Va./Virginia H.S.) that forced her to be carried off the field, the Crusaders amped up their offensive attack. Less than one minute after the injury, Alana Ryczek played a long ball in from the right side where Cassidy Coutinho fought through traffic out in front of the net and put her shot past Huffaker to tie the game at one goal apiece. The goal came in the 60th minute of the contest.
Just over seven minutes after Belmont Abbey knotted the score, Kristen Foster forced the ball back into the King box where Silvia Vazquez put in a chip shot that rang off the right post. After scaling the goal line, Ananada Gebreyesus finished the job and tapped it in to give the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage that they would not return.
Grigsby and freshman Rachel Thorpe (Ontario, Canada) led the Lady Tornado with three shots each. King had three shots on goal, including Steger's score.
Amanda Huffaker made nine saves on 11 shots on goal against. She now totals 25 saves on the season.
King (3-4-1, 2-3-1) will take their show on the road for the next three matches, beginning with Limestone College. The Lady Tornado and Saints will square off on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Gaffney S.C. with a 1 p.m. kickoff scheduled. They will then play Queens University of Charlotte (Oct. 10) and end the road trip with the Pfeiffer Falcons (Oct. 13).