BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's soccer team traveled down to Belmont, N.C. to take on fourth seed Belmont Abbey College in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas tournament., and the Crusaders took an early 1-0 lead. The Tornado got a goal late from Hulda Sigurdardottir to send the contest into overtime, but Belmont Abbey delivered a goal in the 99th minute to end King's season.
King, the fifth seed was slow to start and Belmont Abbey (10-6-2) capitalized on it. In the seventh minute, Meghan Philp found the back of the net for the Crusaders giving Belmont Abbey the 1-0 lead.
The Tornado (10-8) began to pick the pace up and in the 18th minute, Rachel Thorpe had a chance for King. Thorpe ripped a shot at net that was saved by Hannah Kohls, the Crusader keeper. King continued to pressure but nothing would find its way to the back of the net. Going into the half, the Tornado trailed Belmont Abbey 1-0 after conceding an early goal.
To open the second half, head coach Simon Duffy made some changes to the lineup in hopes of netting the equalizer. In the 54th and 55th minutes, Nicole Dagher made two saves for King keeping the score at 1-0, and Miranda Smith tallied a shot shortly after but was saved by the keeper.
In the 71st minute, the Tornado tied the game up at one. Sigurdardottir took a pass from Catherine Walsh and sent a shot from the right side of the field, over the keeper and into the left siding of the net. King continued to pressure but they could not get the go-ahead goal.
With 10 minutes left in regulation, Belmont Abbey threatened the King defense and keeper by tallying three shots in less than a minute span. King retaliated quickly by sending two shots at net, both saved by Kohls.
Dagher came up big for King with five minutes left in regulation on a shot from Cassidy Coutinho. Dagher made another stellar save with less than a minute left on the clock to keep the game tied at one and sending the teams in overtime.
The extra period began with King having a great opportunity right off the bat. Thorpe took a pass inside the box and fired a shot at net that was saved by the Crusaders keeper. Shortly after, Belmont Abbey sent a cross into the middle of the box and Philp sent a header into the back of the net giving the Crusaders the 2-1 victory.
Belmont Abbey outshot King 18-16 and tallied seven corner kicks to the Tornado's four. Dagher tallied seven saves in between the pipes.
With the loss, King ends the season with a record of 10-8, going 6-4 in Conference Carolinas play, their best records since joining NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas. Playing their final game for the Tornado were five seniors, Katie Keys, Grayson Collins, Kayli Moore, Casey Shanklin and Kaitlin Robinson.