Four first half goals power King past Mars Hill

Photo taken by Ashlyn Zook
Photo taken by Ashlyn Zook

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Opening on the road, the King University women's soccer team came away with a good result at Mars Hill. The Tornado used four first half goals to win their second straight season opener, topping the Lions 4-2 on Thursday night.

FINAL SCORE: King 4, Mars Hill 2
LOCATION: Meares Stadium, Mars Hill, N.C.
RECORDS: King 1-0, Mars Hill 0-1


  • King struck first in the fifth minute when Rachel Thorpe netted her first goal of the season on a rebound opportunity following a McKenzie Clarke shot.
  • The Lion then netted the next two goals of the game to grab the lead in the 24th minute.
  • Miranda Smith didn't waste any time evening the tally when she ripped a shot from 15 yards out off the left post and in.
  • Kendyl Baird gave King the lead with an assist to Hulda Sigurdardottir in the 28th minute.
  • Four minutes later Sigurdardottir stretched the Tornado advantage when she took a pass from Smith a ripped a shot off the crossbar and in from 18 yards out.


  • The win marks King's first victory in a road season opener since 2011 when they topped Brevard 2-0.
  • King had four different goal scorers find the back of the net for the first time since October 4, 2014. The Tornado accomplished that feat twice a season.
  • Olivia Drake earned the win in goal for the Tornado, her third victory of her career.


  • Paige Thompson had a hand in both Lion goals, scoring the first one in the 14th minute and adding assist on Breona Tate's goal in the 24th minute.
  • Goalkeeper Maslyn Greene made 12 saves to keep Mars Hill close.


  • King travels to Brevard College for a 2:00 p.m., kickoff on Saturday.
  • Mars Hill will take to the road for the first time this season on Saturday when they take on Shorter University at 2:00 p.m.
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