Mayfield, KY- The Covenant College men's soccer team found itself five hours northwest at Mid Continent College this past Friday for the NCCAA regional semifinals against King College. The winner would earn the right to play in the final against Oakland City on Saturday for a shot at advancing to the national tournament. First, though, the Scots had to eliminate their opponents King, who they had beaten 3-1 on homecoming earlier in the year. With King seeking to avenge the loss, the Scots knew they needed to set the tone early, and they did just that as freshman Colby Robbins scored within the first fifteen minutes of the opening half. A Julian Allgeier free kick found forward Brian Stair's head, and the junior's deft flick found Robbins wide open at the far post.
The midfielder made no mistake in slotting the ball home, and Covenant was up 1-0 early. The score would remain this way throughout the first half and much of the second before King tied the game off a well-struck Raul Laparra goal. Around ten minutes later Covenant found themselves on the verge of taking the lead again, though, as King was called for a high-kick foul in the box. The result was an indirect free kick from close range, and Covenant's Robbins smashed home the go ahead goal, his second of the game. As the final minutes ticked away, Covenant victory seemed imminent, but a penalty called in the box on defender Hunt Davidson lead to a Jessus Ebanks penalty kick goal leveling the game at 2-2, and with only a few seconds remaining, the game was destined for overtime. Covenant handled the situation well, keeping their composure and scoring in the first few minutes of golden goal overtime off a Julian Allgeier shot. Freshman Colby Robbins assisted the goal with a well-played ball that put Allgeier through on goal, and the leading scorer made short work of the King defenders before slotting home the game winner. The Covenant players mobbed him in celebration, and the Scots claimed the 3-2 overtime victory. The celebrations will be short lived, though, as Covenant must harness its remaining strength for the final against Oakland City on Saturday at 1:00 EST. The winner of the game will progress to the NCCAA national tournament in Kissimmee, Florida in early December.