Tennessee Wesleyan College travelled to Bristol, TN on Saturday to play King College. King have been a big rival of TWC in the past, they were part of the AAC for many years, they have recently moved to the NCAA but the rivalry has not dwindled.
TWC was missing some key players, but any team they put out should be able to compete and play with anyone they come up against. However for the first half it seemed like the TWC team had stayed on the bus! They started the game poorly and were 1-0 down after 3 minutes, King's Zach Caracciolo made a nice run down the left, pulled the ball back to Colby Childress who put the ball in the back of the net. King's second goal came by virtue of an own goal, a cross came from the King right and the ball hit Jesse Villines and looped over Zack Plaice in the TWC net. King scored a third on the 30th minute when Tom Winspear hammered home a left footed drive from inside the penalty area. TWC's misery was compounded right before half time, when King's John Simmons mad a thirty yard run with the ball and hit a twenty five yard shot into the back of the TWC goal. TWC went in at halftime losing 4-0.
TWC had a lot of soul searching to do at halftime, the coaches made a few changes and the second half was much better. They kept the ball better and looked much more solid defensively. With a 4-0 deficit at half time getting back into the game was always going to be a big ask. TWC pushed until the end of the game and in the 87th minute TWC senior Stephen Hang scored his first goal for TWC. TWC won the ball in the King half Will Watkins played Hang the ball and from twenty five yards out he hit a dipping drive that the goalkeeper could only watch fly into the top corner. It was a great moment for Hang who has been at TWC his whole college career.
The final score in the game was TWC 1 King 4.
The Bulldogs play their next four games away, beginning with Reinhardt University on October 6th at 4:00 pm, then to Bluefield, Covenant, and Virginia Intermont before returning home for the final four. The Bulldogs will go up against Union College at 3:00 pm on October 20th.