Walsh delivers to lead King past Mars Hill

Photo taken by Ashlyn Zook
Photo taken by Ashlyn Zook

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's soccer team may have struggled for the first 80 minutes but ended with the result they were looking for, a win. After 16 shots, the Tornado finally found the back of the net when Catherine Walsh scored in the 81st minute to lead King past Mars Hill University.

King (2-0) started the offensive attack right out of the gates continuing off the Brevard outing. Rachel Thorpe ousted a shot in the fourth minute that just sailed high. The shots kept coming throughout the half as King tallied eight shots but nothing would result in a goal.

In the opening minutes of the second half, the Tornado tallied a quick three shots, two of which were promising. Mars Hill keeper, Greene, made two big saves to keep King scoreless. The shots continued to come but nothing was finding its way to the back of the net.

It was a matter of time, but with nine minutes to play in regulation, Walsh delivered her first career goal, the one everyone had been desperately waiting for. Miranda Smith sent a ball across the top of the box and found Walsh where she sent a one-time shot to the bottom right side of the net. From that moment on, King watched the clock tick down to see their second win of the year.

King outshot Mars Hill 22-7, which included a 14-2 shot differential in the second half. The Tornado also added four corner kicks and held Mars Hill (0-2) to three. Nicole Dagher earned her second win of the early season after making four saves.

The team is back in action on Wednesday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. when they will host Milligan College.