Stout defense drives Tornado to victory over Crusaders

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

BRISTOL, Tenn.. – The King University men's soccer team played superb defense to earn their second conference win on the season. The Crusaders and the Tornado were tied until Eli Carrasco scored a goal late in the second half to give King a 1-0 victory.

FINAL SCORE: King 1, Belmont Abbey 0
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 4-4, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 2-4-2, 1-2 Conference Carolinas


  • King laced nine shots in the first half, putting two on goal. Belmont Abbey had two shots, none on goal.
  • The Tornado had a great defensive game, holding Belmont Abbey to five shots in the match, zero of which was on goal.
  • After a scoreless first half, Carrasco scored his fifth goal of the season in the 63rd minute when a thrown in ball was passed from Carlos Saavedra to Carrasco, and then was shot into the high right middle net.
  • The Tornado took 15 total shots in the game, placing six on frame.


  • Belmont Abbey and King had two corner kicks apiece in the contest.
  • Wes Holifield posted five saves for the Crusaders.


  • The zero shots on goal, allowed by the King defense was the first time since joining NCAA Division II in 2011 that they have held their opponent to without a shot on goal. The previous low was a season ago when they held Concord University to one shot on goal.
  • Carrasco's game winning goal was his first of the year, and his third of his career.


  • The Tornado stays at home to host North Greenville University on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 pm.
  • Belmont Abbey College next is at home against Southern Wesleyan on Saturday.
King fall against #13 Saints
October 12, 2016 King fall against #13 Saints