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Allgeier Hat-trick Helps Covenant Down California Lutheran 3-2

Maryville, TN-  The Covenant Scots men's soccer team took the field in neutral territory on Saturday to face the California Lutheran Kingsmen in their fourth game of the season.  Entering the game with a 1-2 record, the Scots knew they needed to overcome the Kingsmen in order to get their season back on level terms.  Indeed, after traveling halfway across the country and suffering a defeat to host Maryville College the night before, the Kingsmen appeared to be ripe for the taking.  And, it seemed early on that  the Scots would do just that, with Covenant's Julian Allgeier curling a left-footed shot beyond CLU goalkeeper Chris Capellini in just the fourth minute of play after a good pass from senior Ben Wagner.  Even after going up 1-0 so early, the Scots continued to pour on the pressure.  Allgeier went close with several point-blank shots and senior midfielder Ford Quarterman had a penalty kick saved.  It took a Brent Ripple pass to Allgeier in the 26th minute to put the Scots up 2-0 and give them a little breathing room to end the first half.  After the break, the Scots picked up right where they had left off.  Allgeier took a pass from freshman Colby Robbins and slotted it home for his third of the game and a three goal lead for the Scots.  Cal-Lutheran would not bow out early, though, as Senior Ryan McDermott scored two goals late in the second half to put the pressure back on Covenant.  In the end, though, goalkeepers John Eger and Matt Higgins each made several key saves to help Covenant hold its ground and come away with the win. 

After the game, coach Nathan Pifer had a few words to say.  "We definitely could have played better today, but it was good that we came away with the victory.  Julian scored some nice goals to help us win the game, but we could have worked a lot harder as a team.  What's important, though, is that we got the W, and now that we are at .500 we need to make sure we don't fall back into a losing record for the rest of the season."  The Scots will hope to begin that mission on Tuesday when they travel to LaGrange College, before returning home on September 19th to face the University of Alabama at Huntsville.