King Hosts First Home and Conference Carolinas Events This Weekend

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- This weekend marks a bit of history in the making for King College Athletics as the Tornado engage in their first home events of the 2011-12 season. More significant is that this weekend's matches mark the first games the College will play as a full member of Conference Carolinas. Men's and women's soccer open against Limestone on Saturday at Parks Field (Bristol, Tenn.) for doubleheader action.


The Lady Tornado come into Saturday's match with a 1-1-0 overall mark after defeating Brevard 2-0 in their season opener and falling to Lincoln Memorial 3-2 earlier this week.

Morgan Shelton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) has scored three goal in the team's first two games. She put together a two-goal show King's win against Brevard, giving the Tornado all the offense necessary for the "W". After that match, she was named the Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Player of the Week, the first such accolade in school history as a part of the new conference. She followed her performance against Brevard with a third goal as part of a late rally against LMU, but it came up just short in the loss.

Goaltender Abbey Kitts (Tazewell, Va.) has faced 46 shots in just two games and 21 have come between the posts. Of those, she has saved 18 and has already pitched one shutout in the team's win against Brevard. Sixteen saves came in the loss. 

Senior Hannah Shankle (Bristol, Va.) posted a pair of helpers in the team's last match, leading the team in the category. 

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The men's team has struggled offensively through two games but played to a nil-nil draw after two overtimes against Lincoln Memorial in their last match. Lincoln Memorial fired off 29 shots, 18 coming in the second half. Patrick Milfeld (Dallas, Texas) stopped seven shots in 107:00 before receiving a red card. Stefan Kwiatkowski (Ocala, Flor.) finished the game and held the Railsplitters scoreless.

Sophomore Joe Mayer (Essex, England) leads the team with eight shots taken. Sam Nicols (Midlothians, Scotland) is next in line with six.

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Admission to all soccer home games is free of charge. 

New grandstands have been installed at Parks Field, giving fans a perfect line of sight at midfield in the new section of stadium seating. Fans are also still encouraged to bring lawn chairs and park your coolers nearby on the hillside to ensure your comfort at all games!


NEXT TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 - Women's Volleyball vs. Bluefield State / Virginia Intermont
After the Tornado wrap up play in the Tusculum Fall Tournament, their second tournament of the young season, they will welcome a pair of regional teams into the Student Center Complex for the arena's first official action of the season. Led by outside hitter Sarah Van Goethem and a wealth of youth at all positions, the Tornado look to begin their home schedule with the same success that guided them to the NCCAA National Tournament a season ago.

Prior to the season beginning, the Tornado were picked to finish third in the Conference Carolinas Coaches' Preseason Poll and earned a trio of first place votes. The team is led by fifth-year head coach Chris Toomey who coached the team to a 32-11 season in 2010 and has posted 25 or more wins in each of his four seasons with King.