Rio Grande Edges Out Tornado, 2-1

Rio Grande Edges Out Tornado, 2-1
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King men's soccer had a steep task on Saturday evening, hosting the defending NAIA champion University of Rio Grande. King fell behind early but fought back to tie the game in the second half. However, the Cyclones retaliated with a goal in the 54th minute and held on to deliver a 2-1 loss to the Tornado.

The game-deciding score came just under five minutes from the point King (2-7-1) had tied the match. Shortly after King was handed a yellow card, the Cyclones kept the ball in the Tornado zone and earned a corner kick. Rio Grande lined up in the near-side corner where Oliver Hewitt-Fisher's delivery found the head of Scott Bibby, who pushed it past Tornado keeper Stefan Kwiatkowski.

Rio Grande (9-1) jumped out to an early lead, scoring first in the fifth minute when Joel Thiessen found the bottom right corner of the goal with a strike from the left side of the box.

Tom Winspear (Yarm, England) tied the game at one goal with a sure strike from the middle of the field just outside the 18-yard marker. The captain notched his team-leading 11th goal of the season and now has three consecutive games with at least one goal for the second time this year. The season also had a three-match goal scoring streak between Sept. 14 and Sept.20 when he scored seven goals in a three match span.

King was outshot 15-8 on the day, though only five Rio Grande shots fell on goal. Stefan Kwiatkowski (Ocala, Fla.) made three saves on the day.

The Tornado will next play on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when they host Conference Carolinas member North Greenville University at 5:00 p.m. The game will be part of a women's / men's soccer doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. when the Lady Tornado also play host to the Crusaders.


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