Men's Soccer Uses Strong Second Half in 3-1 Win

Ethan Pettit (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)
Ethan Pettit (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- In the first matchup all-time between the Covenant men's soccer team and Pensacola Christian, the Scots scored two second half goals to pick up a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Scotland Yard.

Covenant goes to 5-7-1 overall with the win, its second straight. Pensacola Christian, currently ranked No. 1 in the NCCAA Division II poll and in its second year of a program, drops to 6-4. 

The matchup was a story of two halves.

In the first half, both teams traded early goals to go into halftime notched a 1-1. Josh Gijsbertha put Pensacola Christian ahead in the eighth minute of the match with a shot taken from eight yards away off a short cross. Covenant answered in the 12th minute with a goal by Carl Simakoff from 12 yards out that was crossed in by Josh Brower. The goal for Simakoff was his second of the year.

The Scots offense in the second half was much more explosive. Ethan Pettit broke the tie in the 62nd minute of the contest with a header from close range on another cross from Brower. The score was Pettit's first of the year, while Brower tallied his second assist of the night and the sixth of the year.

Minutes later, in the 66th minute, Jesse Riggs, the Scots team leader in goals, continued his strong string of scoring, putting the Scots ahead 3-1 off of a free kick from 19 yards out. Riggs has recorded five goals on the season.

The Scots posted 20 shots in total on the night. Though the shots they put up were divided nearly evenly between the two periods, the offense better capitalized on chances in the second half. Covenant held a 20-12 edge in total shots.

The win also snapped a tough streak for the Scots as they had not won a match all year when allowing an opponent to score. All four of Covenant's previous wins had come via a shutout.

Scots keeper Jonathan Crossman posted another strong outing for the team, posting five saves on six shots faced. Pensacola Christian keeper Taylor Jensen also recorded five saves in the loss.

UP NEXT

The Scots will look to bring their winning streak to three as they travel to Mount Berry, Ga., on Tuesday to face the Vikings of Berry College. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

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