The King’s Academy soccer squad remained unbeaten
on the season after weekend tournament
The King’s Academy won the Region 2A Tournament last weekend for the fourth time in the tournament’s five-year history.
On Friday the Lions came from behind twice to win a very close game against Webb of Bellbuckle 3-2. Senior David Inyang scored the first two come-from-behind goals and was assisted by sophomore Kevin Taylor on his second score.
Then with less than three minutes left junior Gareth Rowlands won the game on a penalty kick.
Meanwhile, in other tournament action, St. Andrews of Suwanee knocked off Lausanne of Memphis 1-0. On Saturday St. Andrews won its first game against Webb 1-0 while The King’s Academy plished off Lausanne on another playing field by virtue of a Rowlands’ penalty kick after Inyang was taken down hard by a Lausanne defender.
The last set of games included a 1-0 Webb win over Lausanne and a 4-1 Lions’ win over St. Andrews.
In the TKA win over St. Andrews, Inyang scored the initial Lions’ goal and Taylor assisted senior Jesse Ndurumo for another score. St. Andrews followed with a score in the hear-pounding action, and had a chance to tie the game on a penalty kick but junior Lions’ goal-keeper Se Hun Park made a heroic save to help The King’s Academy hold on for the win. The save by Park was his first at the high school level and helped the Lions keep the momentum that eventually carried them to victory. Seung-Tae Lee and Taylor added two more goals for the Lions later in the contest.
The Lions finished the tournament undefeated, securing the team’s fourth championship trophy in five years.
“I could not be more proud of my team’s heart and effort, not only in this tournament, but during the entire season thus far,” said TKA coach Paul Mobley. “We are still undefeated at 8-0-3 and have had to come from behind in several games this year.”
Rowlands, Ndurumo, Taylor, and sophomore sweeper Grant Beeler made the All-Tournament Team, while Inyang earned the Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
The Lions’ coach was impressed with the intensity and leadership that his leading scorer of the tournament demonstrated.
“David may look more like a football player out there but looks are deceiving,” Mobley commented. “He was a huge factor for us during the entire tournament.”
Beginning during the second half of the Lions’ first tournament game and through the last two games of the tournament, the Lions used a new formation that Mobley calls the “triangle offense” that the team has been simulating in practice situations. Mobley said he hopes the new system will continue to lead to success during the remainder of the season.