ATLANTA, Ga. -- Micheal Ramos' goal in the 84th minute lifted Whitworth over the Covenant men's soccer team in the NCAA Tournament first round on Friday night at Woodruff PE Center on the campus of Emory University.
The loss ends the year for the Scots with a final record of 15-5-2 overall. Whitworth (16-1-3) advances to the second round to face Berry who upset Emory 2-1 in double overtime in the day's first match.
With temperatures in the low 30s, both teams had to wait around an extra 40 minutes after the Emory-Berry match went into extra time. Covenant controlled the majority of the first half as they held a 5-2 edge in shots taken and a 5-3 margin in corner kicks in the opening 45 minutes.
One of Covenant's best chances to score came in the 27th minute. Whitworth was called for a handball just outside the 18-yard box resulting in a free kick. Snoopy Davidson took the free kick from the top of the box, but his shot was deflected away by the Whitworth defense.
In the second half, Whitworth applied more pressure but the Covenant defense was up to the task as they thwarted Pirate attacks on several occasions. In the 84th minute, Ramos, Whitworth's leading goal scorer, was able to get behind the defense just enough and slipped his shot past a diving Daniel Kubin.
The Scots had chances in the final minute as they looked for the equalizer. A rocket off the foot of Mike Arango was saved by Pirates keeper Timmy Costa. On the ensuing corner kick, Davidson had a header that appeared to be headed for the back of the net, but a Whitworth defender dropped back and cleared the ball.
Kubin made two saves in the loss for Covenant, while Costa also tallied a pair of saves. The Scots held an 8-6 shot edge overall and 6-5 in corner kicks.