LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Four Covenant men's soccer players earned NCCAA Mid-East All-Region honors on Tuesday morning. Seniors Chris Pifer and Shuler Polk were joined by junior Matt Hudnut and sophomore Hunter Harrison.
Covenant's four players were tied with Union (Tenn.) for the most in the region.
Pifer finished off his senior season starting all 21 games and producing two goals. The Lookout Mountain, Ga., native and son of head coach Nathan Pifer, took 47 shots, including 17 on goal, on the year and converted 2-of-3 penalty kick opportunities. Pifer scored 11 goals and had three assists in 80 matches as a Scot.
Pifer finished second in the Region Player of the Year voting to Union's Guilherme Reis.
In his first year as the starting goalkeeper, Polk played in all but two matches. The senior from Fountain Inn, S.C., made 98 saves and allowed just 27 goals for a 1.41 goals against average. Polk recorded four shutouts on the year and posted a reocrd of 9-9-1 as the starter.
Hudnut had a flair for the dramatic in 2012. The junior produced four game-winning scores, including two coming in overtime, and led the Scots with eight goals to go along with three assists. The junior from Florissant, Mo., led Covenant in points with 19 while starting 19 games. Hudnut had his two "golden goals" come in back-to-back nights against Greenville, in which Covenant erased a 2-0 deficit, and LaGrange.
Harrison was the backbone of the Covenant defense all year, but also managed to score a pair of goals. The sophomore was a key part of a defense that allowed 1.59 goals against on the season. The Greenville, S.C., native scored his two goals while taking just six shots total.
Covenant wrapped up its season with a 10-10-1 record.