Tornado Battle Rain and Fighting Knights in 5-1 Defeat

Tornado Battle Rain and Fighting Knights in 5-1 Defeat
Luis Alonso scored his second goal of the season but the King men's soccer team was downed by No. 2 Lynn University, Monday afternoon.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King Tornado hosted the No. 2 Lynn University Fighting Knights on Monday and played through to a 5-1 loss. Luis Alonso scored his second goal of the season in the losing effort as King falls to 0-3-0 on the young season.

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Alonso, a native of Atlanta, Ga., scored his goal with 10:38 remaining in the second half while the Tornado trailed 4-0. The goal was his second of the season coming off of a feed from freshman Cheo Armstrong (Nashville, Tenn.) that led Alonso through the center of the box. Alonso lined up a shot that fit itself inside the bottom left corner of the cage.

Lynn forward Julian Halder scored three times in the contest, notching the first two and then the final goal of the game for the Fighting Knights. He scored twice in succession early in the game, marking goals at 9:27 and 12:33. He was credited the first goal of the game when Martin Wehlert launched a pass in the box that Halder and defender Josh Feener both went up to head into play, but the ball skidded off of Feener's head and into his own goal for the opening score. Halder's second goal was on a strong strike from 40 yards out the fell into the right side of the goal to put Lynn up 2-0.

Anthony Despertio and Youcef Oudjidane each scored once for the Fighting Knights to give Lynn a 4-0 lead before King put its mark in the scoring column. Halder then completed the hat trick when Oudjidane led him up the middle of the field with a pass that created a one-on-one opportunity that resulted in a score and a 5-1 lead.

Alonso led the Tornado with a pair of shots, one on goal. The Tornado allowed 28 shots against them while freshman goaltender Cameron Sauro (Owen Sound, Ontario) made six saves.

King (0-3-0) will play state-line rival Virginia Intermont on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Va. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.