LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- It came down to one of the most exciting spectacles in all of sports, but in the end only jubilation was found on the opposing bench.
After a scoreless draw in regulation and overtime periods, the Covenant men's soccer team fell 5-3 in penalty kicks to Averett in the USA South Men's Soccer Tournament first round on Saturday night at Scotland Yard.
Averett advances to the semifinal round of the tournament and will face top-seeded Methodist next Friday in Martinsville, Va. The Scots finish the season with an 11-5-4 overall record.
Covenant had its chances to score in both regulation and overtime. Snoopy Davidson had seven shots total and four of those came on goal while Noah Wiersema and Matt Hudnut had three and two on target, respectively. However, Averett keeper Martin Erenstedt stood tall at the net as he made nine saves.
Averett outshot Covenant 29-25 and 12-11 on goal. Shuler Polk made a season-high 11 saves for Covenant.
Covenant's Russell Harrison made the play of the night to keep the match scoreless late in the second half. Averett's Benjy Slator got by the Scots' defense and Polk came out to defend but fell out of position trying to snag the ball away from Slator. Slator took a shot towards a now empty net, but Harrison was there just in time to send the ball away.
Once the 110 minutes of play had ended, the match was decided in penalty kicks. Both teams converted their first two chances with Covenant getting scores from Garrison Dale and Davidson. Harrison nearly made it three in a row for the Scots, but his angled shot towards the lower right corner banged off the post.
The miss opened the door for the Cougars as they would finish a perfect 5-of-5 with the game-winner coming off the foot of Nathan Brown.