BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a match where the King University women's soccer team could clinch their first home Conference Carolinas Tournament in history, the Tornado offense erupted against rival Lees-McRae. After the Bobcats scored the first goal, Kara Garrett scored three straight as King took the 7-1 victory.
FINAL SCORE: King 7, Lees-McRae 1
LOCATION: Parks Field, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-5-2, 7-2-1 Conference Carolinas, Lees-McRae 4-11-1, 2-7-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Mallory Overholt got the Bobcats on the board just 45 seconds into the contest when she took a cross from Emma McGovern and tapped the ball into the net.
- However, Garrett answered 24 seconds later with her first goal of the game when she took a pass from Catherine Walsh and buried her shot from the left side of the box.
- The redshirt freshman struck again in the 26th minute when she punched home a rebound off of a corner kick to give the Tornado the lead. Garrett added another in the 40th minute, taking a pass from Paula Doran and beating a defender before lacing her shot into the upper left 90.
- Only 46 seconds into the second half, Kendyl Baird stretched the King lead to 4-1 as she picked the ball out of a group of people in front of the net and slid the ball into the back of the net.
- Hulda Sigurdardottir then scored back-to-back goals for King in the 72nd and 77th minutes, the first coming on a penalty kick and the second came off of a corner kick from Doran that she headed in.
- Garrett added her fourth of the contest in the 82nd minute when Baird played a ball over the defense and Garrett ran onto it and beat the keeper to the right.
- King placed 11 of their 19 shots on goal while the Bobcats registered 15 shots and four that were on target.
FOR THE FOES
- For Overholt, the goal was her third of the season.
- Alexis Feely made two saves in goal for the Bobcats and Brenna Malastestinic registered one save.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The seven goals for King marks their most in a contest since becoming NCAA Division II members in 2011.
- With the win King will play their first home Conference Carolinas Tournament match on Monday. The Tornado can earn the third seed with a win over Converse College on Saturday.
- With four goal, Garrett has now scored hat tricks in each of King's last two games, totaling seven goals in that time.
- She also vaulted into the Conference Carolinas lead with 17 goals.
- The two goals from Sigurdardottir give her 11 on the season, ranking her fourth in Conference Carolinas.
- Baird now has five goals on the season while Doran has dished out four assists on the season.
- King will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to take on Converse College. Kickoff from Spartanburg, S.C. is slated for 5:00 p.m.
- Lees-McRae hosts Erskine College on Saturday to close out regular season play.