Saavedra and Delisle give King victory over Mount Olive

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After remaining scoreless in the first half, the King University men's soccer team found their rhythm in the second half with a pair of goals that pulled the Tornado ahead 2-1. King defeated the Trojans 2-1 and earned their second Conference Carolina win of the season.

FINAL SCORE: King 2, Mount Olive 1
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-8-1, 2-4 Conference Carolinas; Mount Olive 3-8-1, 2-4-1 Conference Carolinas


  • Mount Olive opened up the first half with an aggressive offense, as the Trojans took the first two shots of the match before Maclayne Gairrett connected with the net with an assist by Baptiste Tajan to give Mount Olive the early 1-0 lead.
  • Ben Delisle and Lucas Lavender took the first shots of the game for King, but both attempts sailed wide of the net.
  • Carlos Saavedra attempted to put the Tornado on the board with a shot of his own in the 38th minute, but the shot missed far above the goal.
  • King's offensive momentum picked up in the early minutes of the second half, with the Tornado taking four shots in a row, including two from Saavedra, one from Delisle, and a close shot to the bottom center of the net by Samuel Corredor Rincon, but the shot was saved by Iwan Roberts.
  • Saavedra remained eager for a goal and after three attempts, he finally got behind the defense and found the net in the 55th minute with a shot to the left of the goal from the assist by Ben Delisle.
  • The Tornado remained hungry for more goals and kept attacking the net, taking six shots in 17 minutes.
  • In the 75th minute, King pulled ahead 2-1 after Saavedra found Delisle open in the middle of the box and Delisle netted the ball into the top left side of the net, giving Delisle his 11th goal of the season.
  • Mount Olive tried to get their offense going in the final minutes of the second half, taking three shots, but two were saved by Cameron Horsfall and the other shot sailed right of the goalpost.


  • King took 18 shots in the contest, placing six on goal.
  • Horsfall finished the match with two saves.


  • Mount Olive took seven shots, with three on goal.
  • Iwan Roberts finished with four saves.


  • For Delisle, the goal marks his 11th goal of the season.
  • For Saavedra, the goal marks his fifth goal of the season.


  • King returns home on Wednesday to take on Lees McRae. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
  • Mount Olive will host Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday.
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