Garland, Grigsby Serve as Spark but Not Enough in Loss to Queens
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Lady Tornado faced a fiery offense at the Queens Sports Complex when the Royals attempted 26 shots against freshman Morgan Lawson in her first collegiate start. Despite taking a nil-nil score into the half behind Lawson, Queens came out and put two on the board in the second half to take away a 2-0 decision against King.
Morgan Lawson (Goodview, Va./Staunton River H.S.) held her own through the first 45 minutes of her first career start, making three saves and helping the Lady Tornado take a 0-0 score into halftime. The freshman faced a barrage of shots, 26 total, and eight that were put on goal.
Queens delivered Lawson's only blemishes in a five-minute span of time in the second half when the Royals offense came out of the half firing. After King blocked down three shot attempts, a bit of luck fell on their side when Nadia Butt's head hit the post and bounced out, but less than a minute later Brooke Foil broke the scoreless tie with her first goal of the year. Mary Stringini was credited with the assist, the first of two she would have in the match.
King retaliated with some heat of their own, led by junior Jamie Grigsby with a shot on goal against Royals keeper Kelsey Seretis. Seretis made the save but would soon be tested again. Cassie Garland got in on the action sending in another shot toward Seretis, again making the save. Grigsby sailed her next shot wide of the posts.
In the 63rd minute, Queens slipped in another goal to extend their lead to two goals when Nadia Butt sent in the Royals second score of the game. Mary Stringini was on the other end of the goal, receiving credit for her second assist of the night.
Butt and Stringini both kept Morgan Lawson on her toes when the two combined for five shot attempts in just under two minutes of time. Lawson made two saves and had one blocked out in front while watching two sail wide of the cage to keep the Lady Tornado within reach, but the Royals' defense clamped down and did not allow a goal to keep their 2-0 lead to the end.
Lawson finished with six total saves through 90 minutes of play. Jamie Grigsby led the team with three shot attempts with one landing on goal while Cassie Garland had two, both on goal.
The Lady Tornado will take a 3-6-1 (2-5-1) record into Misenheimer, N.C. to play the Pfeiffer Falcons on Oct. 13 with a 1 p.m. kickoff. King will then return to Parks Field to host Erskine College on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.