Saavedra gives King victory over SWU

Saavedra gives King victory over SWU

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's soccer team came away with a well-earned Conference Carolinas victory on Wednesday afternoon against Southern Wesleyan University. Carlos Saavedra gave King the lead with a goal in the 72nd minute, and the Tornado made it stand up to take the 2-1 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 2, Southern Wesleyan 1
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 4-7-1, 3-4 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 2-9-1, 2-5-1 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King came to play early, taking two shots an earning a corner kick in the first six minutes.
  • The Tornado broke through when Jairo Ruiz Caram sent a ball over the defense from the boundary near midfield.
  • Lucas Lavender got a foot on the ball in the box to beat the keeper and ripped his shot into the top of the net.
  • The Warriors tried to turn the field and Malik Ibrahim netted the equalizer in the 26th minute when he picked up a loose ball in front of the net and punched it in.
  • Both teams had chances over the final 20 minutes, with the Tornado placing two shots on goal, but neither found the back of the net as the game remained even at 1-1 at the break.
  • King controlled play in the opening 25 minutes of the second half, ripping three of their five shots on goal, but to no avail.
  • Saavedra finally broke through when he came up with a steal at midfield in the 72nd minute and beat the defense down the field. He chipped his shot over the goalkeeper from the top of the 18 yard box to give King the 2-1 lead.
  • From there, the Tornado only allowed four shots, none of which on frame, giving King the 2-1 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • King outshot Southern Wesleyan 18-11, placing nine shots on goal while holding the Warriors to three shots on goal.
  • Southern Wesleyan had more corner kicks than King, 6-5.
  • Dalton Gammon made two saves for King.

FOR THE FOES

  • Miguel Uribe posted seven saves for the Warriors.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The goal for Saavedra was his fifth of the season and his second game-winning goal of the year.

UP NEXT

  • King takes on Erskine College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Saturday is also senior day at Parks Field.
  • Southern Wesleyan hosts North Greenville University on Saturday afternoon.