LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The 2015 edition of the Covenant men's soccer program, under seventh-year head coach Nathan Pifer, featured a young team after the Scots lost eight starters and 12 letterwinners off the 2014 USA South championship squad.
The Scots finished the season with a 5-11-2 overall record, but managed a 4-4-2 mark in USA South play and qualified for the conference tournament.
For a third consecutive year, the Scots were selected as the USA South's Sportsmanship Award recipients for the sport.
MATCH OF THE YEAR: Covenant 2, Sewanee 1 (Sept. 1, 2015)
The 2015 season got off to a great start as the Scots defeated regional rival Sewanee 2-1 in the season opener at Scotland Yard. Covenant scored twice in the first half and then held on to the lead through the second period to pick up the win.
Senior Noah Wiersema sent a packed Scotland Yard into a frenzy when he scored from just inside the box barely two minutes into the contest for a 1-0 Scots lead. Fellow senior Bryce Barltelt made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when he dribbled through the Sewanee defense before launching his shot into the back of the net for his first collegiate score.
Sewanee scored in the 79th minute, but the Scots' defense was able to keep the Tigers from tying the match. Senior goalkeeper Daniel Kubin made five saves in the victory.
Check out some of the highlights from the match below.
Senior Mike Arango led the team in goals scored with five on the year and he was named to the All-USA South honorable mention team. All five of Arango's scores came in the final month of the season and two were game-winners.
Noah Wiersema and sophomore Isaac Johnson tied for second on the team with four goals apiece. Wiersema had one game-winner on the year and also produced an assist and was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship team. Johnson also had one game-winner and the four goals are a career-high.
Defensively, senior keeper Daniel Kubin started all 17 matches and made 92 saves, second-most in the USA South. Senior Russell Harrison led the team with two assists while anchoring the back line.
IN THE RANKS:
92: Daniel Kubin's 92 saves ranked him second in the USA South and 85th nationally.
6.11: As a team, Covenant averaged 6.11 saves per game, which was 80th in all of Division III.
7: Number of consecutive years the program has earned NSCAA Team Academic Award honors. Covenant has been recognized 13 times overall since the award's inception in 1996.
USA South All-Conference
Mike Arango - honorable mention
USA South All-Sportsmanship
USA South Sportsmanship Award - Soccer
NSCAA Team Academic Award (2014-15 academic year)
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