LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga.- The men's soccer team is back on campus for pre-season camp after having traveled to the Cayman Islands for a soccer missions trip. Garrison Dale sent updates throughout the trip, and provides a final summary of their last few days there below.
Cayman Islands Final Update:
The men's soccer team arrived safely in Chattanooga after a flight cancellation threatened to keep the Scots in Atlanta. Thankfully, seats on a later flight opened up. After significant delays, the team arrived on Monday night at Covenant from their twelve day Cayman Island trip.
On Saturday night, the Scots had their last game against George Town Soccer Club. Chris Pifer's early goal put the Scots up early. However, George Town closed the first half with two goals in answer, exposing Covenant's exhaustion from days of training and games. The Scots ended the first half with minimal possession and a low defensive work rate. The second half was looking grim. But the team rallied, turned to the same page in the half time huddle and decided to dig a little deeper for each other. After Covenant earned the majority of possession and shut down the George Town side defensively, Chris Pifer added one more penalty kick which tied the game at two. The Scots were knocking on the door for the remainder of the game, but could not find a winning goal. The game ended in a draw, but it was a very encouraging second half performance for the Scots.
Church on Sunday morning at First Baptist George Town, a trip to Sting Ray City (a sandbar eight miles off shore covered in friendly sting rays) and a special, ocean side dinner punctuated the trip with some fun.
The trip has given a great jump start to Covenant's season. The freshmen players have now joined the returners on campus. The team is looking forward to the important contributions the new guys are going to offer moving forward into the Fall season. Preseason practice starts Friday morning and Covenant will be hosting Lee University for a scrimmage on Saturday night at 7:30 PM. The season is right around the corner.