LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Visiting Berry scored two goals in the final 15 minutes of the second half as the Vikings erased a one-goal deficit and defeated the Covenant men's soccer team, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Scotland Yard.
Covenant drops to 7-4-1 overall on the year, while Berry goes to 7-1-1. The Vikings have won four straight against Covenant in the all-time series.
It was a back-and-forth match all night as the contest saw two lead changes and two ties. Berry scored first in the 20th minute when John Tischner settled a deflection inside the box and knocked his shot into the net to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
Covenant answered back with two scores later in the opening half. Keegan Weekley collected his second goal of the year as he tied the match at 1-1 with a score in the 35th minute. Weekley dribbled through the Berry defense to open space and got his shot past Berry keeper Carson Oakes and into the lower corner of the net for the goal.
The Scots took the lead in the 41st minute when Jesse Riggs converted a free kick from beyond the box to make it 2-1. The goal was Riggs' team-leading sixth of the season and gave Covenant the one-goal edge entering halftime.
In the second half, Covenant looked poised to add to its lead. The Scots outshot Berry 15-6 in the period, but were held off the scoreboard. One of the best chances came in the 68th minute when Oakes was forced to make a play towards the outside the 6-yard box and the Scots played it in the direction of the net, but Jonathan Barrett had his attempt saved on the goal line by the Berry defense.
Berry was able to capitalize on its chances later in the half. The Vikings knotted the score at 2-2 in the 78th minute when Jake Williamson found the back of the net, assisted by Aidan Hackett. The score was Williamson's seventh of the season. In the 85th minute, Williamson was again part of the goal equation for the Vikings as his through ball into the box met Steven Moore who scored the eventual game-winner.
Henry Hooks, making his second start of the season at keeper, went the full 90 minutes and made three saves for Covenant. Oakes made six saves for Berry, including five in the second half.
Covenant will begin a three-match road trip on Friday when the Scots travel to Rocky Mount, N.C., to face N.C. Wesleyan. The USA South match is set for 2 p.m.
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