The King men's soccer team broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 79th minute as the Tornado came away with a 2-1 victory this afternoon at Alumni Field. King improves to 3-3-2 overall and 2-0-2 in Conference Carolinas. Belmont Abbey is now 1-6-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league play.
Belmont Abbey outshot the Tornado 10-9 but it was King that scored first and last, taking an early lead then claiming it late after the Crusaders doggedly fought back to pull level.
The Tornado broke through in the eleventh minute, as Luis Calderon easily tapped in a cross from Ryan Murphy. Calderon was stationed at the left post, six yards away, unmarked, and easily tapped in the shot past Luke Whelan for a 1-0 lead.
Belmont Abbey pulled level in the 67th minute as Nick Fuller logged his first goal of the year. Gaining possession down the left sideline deep in the Tornado end, Fuller dribbled into the 18 yard box, where goalkeeper Kari Sveinsson raced out to challenge. Right before the two met, Fuller fired far post, beating Sveinsson with a shot that tucked just inside the right post to knot the contest at one.
Both teams battled for possession for the next few minutes before King broke the tie in the 79th minute. Calderon fed Brian Butler from 16 yards out, just to the right of the goal. His one time attempt sailed past an Abbey defender and by Whelan for the game wininning goal.
The Crusaders increased the pressure in the last ten minutes, but King turned back every challenge to hold on for the 2-1 away win.
Sveinsson made three saves in the net for King, with Whelan stopping two shots. King attempted six corner kicks to the Crusaders four.
Belmont Abbey is back in action Saturday at 3:00 when it hosts Chowan for Homecoming.