Lookout Mountain -- Although their season ended 4 months ago with a third-place, consolation match victory over Mid-America Christian, members of the Covenant College men's soccer team got together one last time and officially drew an end to the 2009-2010 year with a closing awards banquet. Amongst those in attendance at the banquet were NSCAA All-American Julian Allgeier, newly elected captain Josh Johnson, and outgoing seniors Ben Wagner, Derek Wieldraayer, Ryan Yackel, Ford Quarterman, William Wolfe, and Dave Nielson.
Nielson, who had already claimed a post-season award as an honorable mention NSCAA All-American, took home the most impressive hardware on the night, claiming the team's Most Valuable Player award from the 2009 season. "Nielson deserved it," said Coach Nathan Pifer, "He was a valuable asset for our team, as he constantly won balls in the midfield, protected our defense, and often got us started in the attack. It's an honor for him that his teammates would elect him MVP in his senior season, and he will surely be missed."
Junior defender Jackson Slagle was also in attendance on the night, and took home the Scotsman Award, which was given to the player that the team felt best embodied a Christian athlete on and off the field. "Jackson is a good soccer player and an even better guy," said fellow teammate David Pifer, "He works hard, but at the same time he respects every one of his teammates around him. I don't think there was any doubt he would get this award."
The third and final award was given to Colby Robbins, who was voted Freshman of the Year by his teammates. "Colby started the most games of any freshman and did a good job of scoring some crucial goals for us down the stretch," said Coach Pifer, "I'm pleased to present him with this award." Several other Scots, including Hunt Davidson, Brian Stair, Jackson Slagle, and senior Ryan Yackel, also received awards on the night in the form of the NSCAA Academic All-American honors.
Ending the banquet, Coach Pifer left his inaugural team with a few parting words. "I was very proud of this team and what we were able to accomplish this past year. These seniors were great, and really made it easy on me during my first year as Covenant's coach. Hopefully those guys that will still be around next year can learn from these seniors' leadership example, and build off this past season's success. We want to win the National Championship this upcoming year."
Summary of Awards:
David Nielson- Most Valuable Player
Jackson Slagle- Scotsman Award
Colby Robbins- Freshman of the Year