Valiant Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Knights

Valiant Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Knights
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Down two goals late in the contest against St. Andrews College, senior Tom Winspear willed the team with a pair of goals to force overtime at Parks Field ,Saturday evening. It took two overtime sessions but the Knights took advantage of a costly miscue by the Tornado, leading to a 3-2 King loss.

The game was decided on an own goal with 5:17 remaining in the second overtime. St. Andrews' Alex Smith lined up for a corner kick in the far side of the field and hit a low liner into the box. The ball deflected off of a King player and snuck into the far side of the Tornado cage for the deciding goal.

Winspear scored his eighth and ninth goals, both unassisted, at the 62' and 77' marks of the game, tying the game after St. Andrews jumped ahead 2-0. His first goal came off of a rebound from his own shot that he took following a breakaway opportunity. The Yarm, England native put a boot on the ball from ten yards out that was knocked away by Knight goalkeeper Corey Francis. Winspear corralled deflection and immediately finished the play, putting the ball into the far left side of the goal to half the lead, 2-1.

The senior's second goal came when he converted on a failed through ball attempt, pulling the ball out of a pile of defenders and putting a good strike on, finding the left side of the cage one again. With the game tied at two goals, the Tornado continued to put on pressure having multiple chances to finish the Knights off.

Three minutes after Winspear's second goal the Tornado appeared to have taken a lead over the Knights. Winspear became part of a two-on-one break away chance for King, but the officials blew the play dead with an offside call as Winspear's shot hit the back of the net. King counted three more shots before the close of regulation, but could not convert any of their opportunities.

King (2-5-1, 2-4) finished with higher total shot (24) and shot on goal (8) totals in the loss. Stefan Kwiatkowski (Ocala, Fla.) had three saves on six chances. Winspear led the team with 11 shot attempts and six shots on goal while registering his third multi-goal game of the year.

The Tornado remain at home for their next contest against Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 5, beginning at 4:00 p.m.