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Throwback Thursday Series: The Year That Covenant Beat Tennessee (Twice)

Action photo from the 1968 men's soccer season. Covenant defeated Tennessee twice during the year and the Scots went 12-3-1.
Action photo from the 1968 men's soccer season. Covenant defeated Tennessee twice during the year and the Scots went 12-3-1.

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The Year That Covenant Beat Tennessee (Twice)

The year was 1968 and the Covenant men's soccer team was a growing program. Under new head coach Walter Bowman, the Scots put together their best season yet with a 12-3-1 overall record. 

The highlights of the season came against a powerful school from up north: The University of Tennessee.

Covenant traveled to Knoxville in the early portion of the year and came away with a 2-1 upset over the Volunteers. Later in the year, UT would come to Covenant for a rematch. 

Described by many as being a miserable day for soccer with fog and light rain/snow, the Scots jumped ahead 2-0 with goals from Dave Stanton and Greg Maffett in the first half. UT would answer back and grab a 3-2 lead before Dick Crane tied the score with a goal late in the second half. The two teams would play overtime sessions, but neither side could score. With daylight fading, the teams decided to play one last overtime period.

In a 1986 Bagpipe issue, former Covenant Athletics Director (and former cross country, basketball and soccer coach) Charles Anderson described the final minutes of the match:

"One November we were going to play the University of Tennessee's soccer team on the Scots Field, which was newly completed and ready for use--well, almost. It was leveled and lined and the goals were in place, but it had no grass; on rainy days it was a sea of mud.... It was getting dark so we decided to try a 10-minute sudden death overtime and if no one scored we would call it a day. The first team to score, on the other hand, would win the game.

We played in the mud for nine minutes and with just seconds to go, their keeper stopped a shot and attempted to kick the ball up the field. The ball, instead, slammed into Gil Kinch's chest. He dropped it and, with nine seconds left in the game, kicked it home and we had won!

"Good game," I said to a group of dejected UTK players as I walked off the field. It was a good game. I especially liked the last 10 seconds." (From The Bagpipe - November 14, 1986, Volume XXXII, Issue 9)

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