Pfeiffer uses second half flurry to defeat Tornado

Photo taken by Tessa Klingensmith
Photo taken by Tessa Klingensmith

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University women's soccer team traveled down to Pfeiffer University in search of a must needed win. After a great start and going into the half leading 1-0, things went downhill from there as Pfeiffer scored four times in the second half defeating the Tornado 4-1.

The Tornado started strong and in the 11th minute, King (6-7, 3-4 CC) saw themselves land a goal in a much needed win. Paula Doran crossed a ball into the box where Catherine Walsh ran onto it and sent it just out of the reach of Blakeney Blair giving King the 1-0 lead.

Shots continued to come for both teams the rest of the half but nothing would seem to find the net. Blair and Nicole Dagher combined for 3 saves in the first half. As the halftime whistle blew, King led Pfeiffer 1-0.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Lindsay Curtis sent a shot at net for the Tornado that was saved by the Pfeiffer keeper. After the shot, the Falcons picked up the pace and began to control the game.

Pfeiffer (8-5-1, 6-1-1 CC) found the net in the 54th minute tying the game at one.  Macy Rutledge sent a corner kick that whipped toward Dagher. As she attempted to make the save, she stumbled into the net due to the ball being out of her reach. The Falcons came right back to add another just two minutes later. This time, Katlyn Stevens sent a ball past Dagher into the bottom right side of the net giving Pfeiffer the 2-1 lead. Pfeiffer was not done there as Aaliyah Jackson gathered the ball outside the box than proceeded to beat Dagher on a one versus one. Pfeiffer now led 3-1 with less than 34 minutes to play in regulation.

Both King and Pfeiffer would trade shots but nothing would seem to want to go King's way. In the 75th minute, the Falcons got another. Brae Buster took a pass from Hannah Hill and sent a shot into the top right side of the net making the score Pfeiffer 4, King 1.

The final whistle blew and King was defeated by Pfeiffer 4-1. The Falcons outshot King 16-7 and tallied five corner kicks to the Torando's two. Dagher made three saves for King.

King will be in action next on Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. when they will welcome Southern Wesleyan University in to town for the annual Kick for the Cure game.