BRISTOL, Tenn. – The beginning of the 2012 women's soccer campaign began on Thursday evening with the Lady Tornado taking on the Young Harris Mountains at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer Field. Led by Haley Holderfield's two goals, Young Harris scored three times during a 6:02 stretch in the second half and defeated the King Lady Tornado soccer team 3-0 in both teams' season opening match.
Post-game audio (.mp3) - Simon Duffy
The Lady Tornado kept pace with Young Harris on the attack, nearly matching the Mountain Lions' 19 shots with their 17 strikes. Junior midfielder Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) led King with four shot attempts. Senior captain Heidi Steger (Chattanooga, Tenn.) had two shots on goal for King as did freshman Keely Easterling (Bristol, Tenn.) in her first match as a member of the Lady Tornado.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Huffaker (Knoxville, Tenn.) saved seven of 10 shots she faced for the Lady Tornado.
Freshman keeper Taylor Erickson stopped all eight shots she faced for the Mountain Lions.
Young Harris scored three goals in just over a six-minute span early in the second half to aid in their victory. Haley Holderfield scored the Mountain Lions' first goal at 53:20 after streaking down the right side of the field and knocking the ball into the far corner. Whitney Thomas was credited with the assist, marking the first time she hit the score column in the match.
Thomas added another mark in the box score after scoring the second Young Harris goal of a Kelsey Battle assist in the 56th minute. The Mountain Lions added one last score short of the 60-minute mark when Holderfield notched her second goal of the game, unassisted, resulting from a loose ball obtained in the Tornado box.
"We made some errors in the back," said Head Coach Simon Duffy. "We need to learn from it. It's not the end of the world but definitely we are looking now to the next game against Brevard."
King (0-1, 0-0) will begin a three-game homestand beginning with Brevard College on Sept. 5. The Lady Tornado will host the Tornadoes at Parks Field with the kickoff of their home opener set for 4 p.m.