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Second Half Surge Propels Men's Soccer over N.C. Wesleyan, 4-1

Austin Berry
Austin Berry (middle) (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Three second half goals led the Covenant men's soccer team to a crucial, 4-1, victory over North Carolina Wesleyan on Friday afternoon at Scotland Yard during Homecoming Weekend.

The win for Covenant (7-0-1, 4-0 USA South) snaps a five-match losing streak against N.C. Wesleyan and keeps the Scots unbeaten on the year. Covenant continues its best start to a season since beginning the 2004 season with a 7-0-2 record.

After an evenly-played first half, Covenant went off in the second half to pull away for the win.

Mercer Stout scored in the 54th minute to give Covenant the lead for good. Stout received the ball inside the box from Josh Brower then worked around two defenders before slipping his shot past N.C. Wesleyan keeper Tobias Borzel for the goal. The score was Stout's USA South-leading eighth of the year, while it was also his fifth game-winning goal of the season.

The Scots were not done there, however.

In the 60th minute, Austin Berry drove his shot from just inside the box off the crossbar and the ball ricocheted down and over the goal line for a score to make it 3-1. The goal was Berry's third of the year and Stout collected an assist on the play.

Anthony Buzzeo capped the scoring in the 76th minute as he secured a long punt from keeper Paul Lemay and found the back of the net from the left side of the box to put the Scots ahead 4-1. It was Buzzeo's second score of the year and Lemay was credited with an assist.

Covenant saw its three-match shutout streak come to an end, but the Scots held one of the top attacks in the USA South at bay. Lemay made four saves at the net in 90 minutes, while the visiting Battling Bishops took just 13 shots in the match.

The Scots took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Parker Owen headed in a ball from short range. The goal was Owen's first of the season. N.C. Wesleyan (6-2-1, 4-1 USA South) knotted the score less than a minute later when Baboucarr Njie got loose and scored, assisted by Lorenzo Cocchia, in the 12th minute. 

Keegan Weekley and Stout had three shots apiece for the Scots. 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MATCH

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Covenant hosts Methodist on Saturday at 2 p.m. for Homecoming at Scotland Yard.

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