GAFFNEY, S.C. – Playing in a Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship semifinal for the first time, the King University men's soccer team had the daunting task of taking on top-seed and 19th-ranked Limestone College on their home field. The Saints scored early and led 3-0 at the break before breaking the game open in the second half to take the contest 9-0.
FINAL SCORE: #19/No. 1 Limestone 9, No. 4 King 1
LOCATION: Saints Field; Gaffney, S.C.
RECORD: King 7-9-1, Limestone 12-3-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Limestone got on the board in the third minute on a goal from Tristyn de Laaf to take the early lead.
- King counted as Ben Delisle had a shot saved in the ninth minute and Gabriel Rodrigues sailed a shot high a few seconds later.
- The Saints extended their lead to 2-0 when de Laaf added another goal in the 11th minute.
- Limestone continued to pressure the Tornado and eventually extended their lead with a goal in the 40th minute and that remained the score at halftime.
- The Saints put the game out of reach in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, scoring four goals to extend their lead to 7-0.
- Limestone added two more, stretching their advantaged to 9-0 before the Tornado got on the board.
- Ruben Gutierrez headed in a pass from Adonis Wheeler in the 89th minute, making the final score 9-1 in favor of Limestone.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Limestone outshot King 26-5 and had 14 shots on goal to King's five.
- The Saints also had eight corner kicks to King's two.
- Dalton Gammon made five saves for the Tornado.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The goal for Gutierrez was his second career goal in his final career game.