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Davidson's 1st Half Goal Lifts Scots to USA South Semifinals

(photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
(photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- On the coldest day of the season, the Covenant men's soccer had to battle both the elements and Piedmont on Saturday afternoon. Snoopy Davidson's goal in the 18th minute was enough for the Scots to hold on to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Lions in the USA South Tournament quarterfinal at a cold and blustery Scotland Yard.

The No. 2 seeded Scots (13-4-2) will play No. 3 seed North Carolina Wesleyan on Friday at either 12 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. in Martinsville, Va., for the chance to advance to the USA South championship match on Saturday. The Scots defeated N.C. Wesleyan 4-1 in Rocky Mount, N.C., on Oct. 11. N.C. Wesleyan knocked off No. 6 seed Averett 3-2 in double overtime on Saturday.

Davidson's goal in the 18th minute was his 10th of the year. Joel Friesen started the play by crossing the ball to Davidson inside the 18-yard box where Davidson settled and sent it into the net. The assist was Friesen's fourth of the year.

The Scots had numerous other chances to extend their one-goal advantage, but the Piedmont defense would not allow another score. Covenant kept Piedmont's leading goal scorer Vincent Thomas in check all afternoon as Thomas attempted only one shot.

Covenant outshot Piedmont, a team they defeated 4-1 on Tuesday night, 7-4 in the opening half and 8-4 in the second 45 minute session. Daniel Kubin made one save and picked up his sixth shutout of the year in the process. Kenneth Hearn made nine saves for Piedmont (7-12) in the loss.

For more information on the 2014 USA South Men's Soccer Tournament, visit the official tournament page here

Be sure to follow the Scots all season long on athletics.covenant.edu and on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up-to-date scores, news and other information.

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