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Late First Half Goals Keeps Scots Undefeated

Jesse Riggs (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)
Jesse Riggs (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

SEWANEE, Tenn. -- The Covenant men's soccer team responded swiftly to a deficit at Sewanee on Tuesday night in order to remain undefeated. The Scots scored two late first half goals to erase a 1-0 deficit and defeated the host Tigers, 2-1, to go to 3-0 on the year.

Covenant goes to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 and for the eighth time in program history. The Scots have not lost to Sewanee since 1989, a span of nine matches (7-0-2).

Sewanee (1-2) outshot Covenant on the night, 19-10, and also registered the first goal of the night. In the 33rd minute, Evan Poole collected a pass from Alpo Sipila and got his shot past Covenant keeper Paul Lemay and into the back of the net to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. The score was Poole's second of the year.

However, Covenant was quick to answer. After a challenge at the net, Covenant earned a corner kick and converted on its chance. Josh Brower's corner towards the far post was headed in by Jesse Riggs to even the score at 1-1 in the 34th minute, only 68 seconds after Sewanee scored. The goal was Riggs' team-leading third of the year, while Brower tallied his first assist of the season.

Covenant was not done for the half, but got a little help from the Sewanee defense. In the 44th minute, Jonathan Barrett's free kick from just inside the midfield stripe flew into the 18-yard box when a Sewanee defender inadvertently headed the ball towards the net and past a diving attempt from keeper James Murray for an own goal. 

That score proved to be the difference in the match. Sewanee put pressure on the Covenant defense and Lemay, but the Scots withstood it to preserve the win. Lemay picked up his third win of the year and made five saves on the night, including four in the second half alone.

Murray made three saves for Sewanee. Brower led Covenant with three shot attempts, while Kyle Johnston had six for the Tigers. Sewanee held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.


Covenant will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a neutral site match with Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the campus of Oglethorpe University.


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