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Throwback Thursday Series: 1986 Men's Soccer

The 1986 Covenant men's soccer team coached by Brian Crossman. The Scots reached the NAIA national tournament for the first time in program history and finished 17-5-1. (photo credit: 1987 Tartan/Covenant College Library)
The 1986 Covenant men's soccer team coached by Brian Crossman. The Scots reached the NAIA national tournament for the first time in program history and finished 17-5-1. (photo credit: 1987 Tartan/Covenant College Library)

Editor's Note: Every Thursday from June 19-August 14, we will feature an outstanding team or player from Covenant's history for "Throwback Thursday." Want to see a specific player or team featured? Send us an email at sid@covenant.edu with your idea!

1986 Men's Soccer

The 1986 men's soccer team, under third-year head coach Brian Crossman, became the first team in program history to reach the NAIA national tournament and set a then-program record with a 17-5-1 overall record. Covenant produced 16 shutouts and surrendered only 12 goals all season.

The Scots started the 1986 season with a bang as they won 10 straight matches, with nine shutouts, to open the year. The win streak was finally snapped with consecutive losses to Berry (2-1) and USC-Spartanburg (1-0). Covenant would finish the regular season winning four of its final six contests. 

In postseason play, Covenant won three straight 1-0 contests to earn a berth into the NAIA national tournament. Warren Smith, a senior, scored all three of those goals and keeper Richard Northcutt, along with the rest of the Scots defense, made each of them stand to claim district and area titles.

Facing stiff challenges at the NAIA national tournament in Wichita Falls, Texas, the Scots could not break through in the win column. Covenant had a 0-0 draw against Wilmington (Ohio) in the opener before falling 2-0 to Midwestern State to end pool play.

Other notable players on the squad included twin brothers Dan and Jim Patterson, Perry Tessitore, Marshall Rowe, Scott Bosgraf, Matt Schmidt, John Godfrey, and Jonathan Parker, among others (click above for complete roster). The Patterson brothers accounted for 26 goals, 13 apiece, on the season.

Though the program had many outstanding seasons after 1986, it would 16 years before the Scots made their next appearance at the NAIA national tournament.

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