LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Josh Brower and Jesse Riggs scored goals in the first five minutes of action on Saturday and the Covenant men's soccer team made those two scores stand up in a 2-1 victory over USA South foe Ferrum on Saturday at Scotland Yard.
Covenant goes to 4-9-2 overall with the win and 4-5 in conference play. Ferrum drops to 4-12 on the year and 2-6 inside the USA South.
Brower got things rolling in the third minute with his fourth goal of the year to give the Scots a 1-0 lead. Brower received the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and, after working for open space, ripped a shot into the lower right corner past Ferrum keeper Derek Thomas.
Riggs then made it 2-0 in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick to make it a 2-0 Scots lead. The penalty kick was the second one of the year for Riggs and his seventh goal overall.
From that point on, the teams played an even match. Ferrum finally broke through in the 86th minute when Shamarr Perry scored from the top of the box, assisted by Keith Ricks, to bring the visiting Panthers to within 2-1. But Covenant would make that one-goal advantage stand in the final minutes to preserve the victory.
Jonathan Crossman made seven saves, including a couple of crucial saves in the second half, to pick up the win. Thomas made six saves for Ferrum. The Panthers held a slim, 19-16, edge in total shots on the afternoon.
Covenant will travel to Demorest, Ga., on Tuesday to take on Piedmont in a USA South matchup. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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