TKC Athletics Mailbag
TKC Men’s Soccer
This Wednesday, King’s faced off against last year’s defending HVIAC Conference Champions Berkeley in what made out to be the match of the season. After trailing 3-1 during the match at one point, King’s rallied to grab two goals back before the final whistle blew, including a long-range thunderbolt from Freshman Michel Wenzel. This comeback draw may prove to be vital in King’s playoff push as the team earned a valuable conference point.
Right now, King’s sits second, and in a playoff spot, in the HVIAC standings. However, King’s has played more games than any other team in the conference, meaning their second place seeding is more than likely to fall by the wayside. With SUNY-ESF, Berkeley and Vaughn likely to secure the top three playoff seeds, King’s only hope to make playoffs is to earn the fourth-seed.
If King’s wants to make playoffs this season, they will likely need to win their next two matches, which are both conference games. This Friday, King’s will take on Pratt in what will be the most important match of the season. Pratt, along with King’s, is one of the teams in the hunt for the fourth and final playoff spot. With a win, King’s chances of making playoffs will drastically increase.
If King’s fails to win their match on Friday, it could mark the end of the season for Tom Harmon and the boys.
TKC Women’s Soccer
It was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the women’s soccer team this past week as they produced two polar opposite results. On Wednesday, King’s took on rivals Berkeley and obliterated them by the embarrassing scoreline of 9-0. Freshman Jaclynn Kelly netted a hat-trick and Junior Maddie Tyler earned a brace.
However, the momentum of a good result was short-lived when King’s took on Albany Pharmacy on Sunday. In what seemed like a flipped result, King’s ended up on the wrong side of an emphatic scoreline, losing 7-0.
The team will look to regroup this Friday against conference rivals Pratt.
This past Sunday, the King’s women’s volleyball team took part in a doubleheader at the Culinary Institute of America. But, King’s didn’t play Culinary twice, as the Pratt Institute came up to play King’s in a neutral site match.
After losing to Pratt in the first match 3-1, King’s rebounded and defeated Culinary in the second match of the doubleheader, sweeping the home side 3-0.
King’s will have the week off before they travel up to take on the University of Valley Forge on October 14th.
In their third meet of the year, King’s went upstate to participate in this year’s Mount St. Mary’s Invitational. For this event, the team, consisting of only men, took part in the eight-kilometer feature race.
Captain and Sophomore Micah Paulec didn’t have his best meet of the year, but still ran a respectable 32:58.6. Freshman Jan Gerber improved from his first race of the year and ran 37:33.9.
King’s next meet will be on October 14th as the team heads up to partake in the St. Joseph's College Invitational.