Golden goal from Converse ends King's season

Golden goal from Converse ends King's season

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing a team twice in three days is always tough, especially when they are as evenly matched as the King University women's soccer team is with Converse College. The Tornado grabbed an early 2-0 in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Quarterfinal, but the Valkyries came back and took a 3-2 lead before Hulda Sigurdardottir evened the score at 3-3 late, sending the game to overtime. For the second time in three days the contest went to double overtime, and Converse scored in the 109th minute to take the 4-3 upset victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Converse 4, King 3 (2OT)
LOCATION: Parks Field, Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-7-2, Converse 12-6-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Catherine Walsh gave King the early lead when she put a header in off of a corner kick from Paula Doran in the seventh minute.
  • Only seven minutes later, senior Rachel Thorpe extended the Tornado lead to 2-0 when she took a pass from Walsh and chipped her shot from the middle of the box over the goalkeeper.
  • The Valkyries had a couple near chances over the next five minutes before they cut into the deficit in the 27th minute. Natalie Johnson took a shot from 25 yards out that squirted out of the goalkeeper's arms and she reached back and grabbed the ball off of a bounce as it just crossed the goal line.
  • King pressed early in the second half, but couldn't add another tally, but Converse evened the score in the 62nd minute. Josie Davis took a ball that deflected off of a defender and ripped a shot from the right side of the box that ended up inside the left post.
  • The Valkyries pressured the Tornado over the next 10 minutes before Georgia Jones gave Converse the lead in the 72ne minute when she picked up a rebound and put her shot off the back post and in.
  • King had an answer, however as Olivia Drake punted a ball downfield that Walsh headed on to Sugurdardottir who picked it up behind the defense and placed her shot inside the right post to even the score in the 84th minute.
  • Neither team scored in the final six minutes, sending the game to overtime.
  • The Tornado posted four shots in the first overtime, but none were on frame as the game went to a second overtime.
  • Just as they did on Saturday, Converse scored the golden goal, this time coming in the 109th minute as Ella Ritchie played a cross to Davis who headed the ball into the net to give the Valkyries the win.
  • Converse outshot King 29-26 with the Tornado holding a 14-13 advantage in shots on goal.
  • The Valkyries also had a narrow 9-8 advantage on corner kicks.

FOR THE FOES

  • Davis scored two goals, her third and fourth of the year.
  • For Johnson, the goal was her sixth tally of the year and Jones netted her fourth goal of the season.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The double overtime game marked the third time in the last four meetings King and Converse went to two extra sessions. Converse has three wins and the teams tied in 2012.
  • Walsh had a hand in all three goals for King, dishing out her second and third assists of the season and scoring her second goal of the year.
  • The goal for Thorpe was her fourth of the year while Sigurdardottir scored her 12 tally of the season.
  • The game was the final in the career for King's three seniors, Thorpe, Rayna Spears and Keely Easterling.
  • The Tornado end the season 9-7-2, finishing fourth in Conference Carolinas, their highest finish since joining the league. King also matched a program best with seven wins in Conference Carolinas play.
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