Chattanooga, TN- Saturday was a homecoming out of the ordinary for the Covenant College men's soccer team, as heavy amounts of rainfall forced the Scots to relocate their match with King College to nearby Baylor High School. But even with the sudden change in time, location, and weather, the Scots were still able to grant their alumni a happy homecoming with a 3-1 victory over the same King College Tornado who had knocked them out of national championship contention a season before. Coming off a difficult loss to former rivals Bryan, and entering the match with a 4-4-1 record, the Scots knew they needed to return to their winning ways with an important victory over King. The Tornado, ranked #7 in the nation for NCCAA, entered the match with a comparable 5-4-1 record, but was found wanting in the 22nd minute when junior David Pifer's pass found Julian Allgeier for the go ahead goal. Pifer, having dribbled inside, found space and played Allgeier a well-timed ball, with which the German striker made no mistake in putting away for his 11th goal of the season. Up 1-0, the Scots were not done scoring, though. Substitute Brian Stair latched onto an Allgeier pass and slipped it beyond the reach of goalkeeper Justin Morrell for a 2-0 lead on the stroke of halftime. It was Stair's third goal of the
season, and a goal that had both Covenant players and fans alike in an optimistic mood at the break.
King would respond in the second half, though, when Jessus Ebanks found room to score from close range in the 66th minute. With the margin reduced to one, the pressure began to mount, but Hunt Davidson, Jackson Slagle, Scott Schindler, John Eger, and Derek Wieldraayer held firm in defense to deny King further goalscoring opportunities. And, after the introduction of freshman Tyler Morrison midway through the second-half, the Scots were once again able to find a two-goal lead when Stair laid off the ball for Morrison to volley home from 20 yards out.
Even up 3-1, the Scots continued to press, as a Schindler header rocketed off the crossbar, and Morrell was forced into a diving save off a David Nielson penalty. In the end, though, 3-1 was good enough to move Covenant to 5-4-1 on the season and give the team some much needed momentum as they head into the latter half of the season. "Our last two losses have been tough in that we've really played well in both of them, but haven't come away with the result," said Coach Nathan Pifer, "It was nice to play well today, and score some good goals against a good team for the win."
The Scots will next take on Tennessee Wesleyan at home this Wednesday.