BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's soccer team clinched their first victory of the season in overtime after Ben Delisle connected with the net for his second goal of the game to lead the Tornado to a 3-2 victory over the Tusculum University.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Tusculum 2 (F/OT)
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 1-3; Tusculum 0-3
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Tusculum showed speed and aggression in the first few minutes of the game, as the Pioneer had the game's first four shots, but three of the shots were saved by Dalton Gammon.
- The Tornado took advantage of a penalty kick after Delisle connected with the left side of the goal in the 21st minute, giving King the 1-0 lead.
- King's defense remained sturdy through the rest of the first half, only allowing two Tusculum shot over the final 20 minutes of the half.
- The Pioneers tied the score 1-1 in 66th minute after a foul in the box led to a penalty kick that was converted by Henrique Devens.
- In the 78th minute, L.A. Anderson found Delisle in the middle of the field, who played a ball to Callum Davidson who was behind the Pioneer defense.
- Davidson worked around the keeper and slid his shot into the lower-left corner, giving King a 2-1 lead.
- Tusculum answered back two minutes later as Oscar Jimenez placed a corner kick in the box that was headed by Arthur Le Gall, evening the tally at 2-2.
- The teams traded scoring chances in the final eight minutes of the second half, but each shot was off target.
- Devens attempted to give his team the victory in the 91st minute with a rip to the center of the net, but Gammon came up with an enormous save for the Tornado.
- King then turned the field, forcing a Pioneer foul in the box, giving the Tornado another penalty kick.
- For the second time in the game, Delisle converted on a penalty kick, giving King the 3-2 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Tusculum outshot the Tornado 18-10, placing eight shots on goal while King had six shots on goal.
- The Pioneers also earned six corner kicks to King's three.
- Gammon had another strong performance and finished with six saves for the Tornado in goal.
FOR THE FOES
- The goals for Devens and Gall were the first of the season for each.
- Alejandro Quiriti had two saves for the Pioneers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King has played three straight overtime games, marking the first time that has happened since 2015 when the Tornado play three straight games that went to double overtime.
- The win marks King's first victory over Tusculum since becoming NCAA Division II members in 2010. The Tornado were 0-5-2 in the previous seven games against the Pioneers.
- The two goals for Delisle marks this third career multi-goal game. A season ago he scored twice against the University of Mount Olive and three times against Lees-McRae College in the conference tournament.
- The first four games this season for the Tornado have been one-goal games. King had a stretch a season ago where they played eight straight one-goal games
- King will travel to play Carson-Newman on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. McCown Field.
- Tusculum travels to Lenoir-Rhyne University on Saturday.