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Men's Soccer Suffers First Loss of the Season

Josh Brower
Josh Brower (photo credit: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- The Covenant men's soccer team suffered its first loss of 2019 on Tuesday night as Berry's Connor Davis scored the game-winning goal just 39 seconds into overtime to give the host Vikings a 2-1 victory over the Scots in non-conference action.

Covenant (8-1-1) saw its five-match win streak come to an end. It was the second overtime match of the year for Covenant.

Berry (6-4-1) evened the season series with the Scots with the victory. Covenant defeated Berry at Scotland Yard, 2-0, on Sept. 6.

The host Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute of action. A perfect through ball from Henry Arato found the feet of Zachary Ernst, who finished past Covenant keeper Henry Hooks for the goal to give Berry the lead.

Both teams found tough sledding on the attack through the first 45 minutes. Covenant held a slim, 6-5, edge in total shots in the opening 45 minutes.

Covenant picked up the pressure in the second half and created more opportunities in the attacking half of the field. The Scots tested Berry keeper Eli Wellman with a flurry of shots over the middle portion of the second half, but Wellman kept the Scots at bay.

The Scots finally broke through in the 78th minute. Jesse Riggs played a short free kick to Josh Brower beyond the box and Brower blasted the ball into the right-side of the net, past a diving Wellman, to knot the score at 1-1. The goal was the sixth of the year for Brower, while Riggs collected his second assist.

Covenant had a couple of more chances later in the half, but could not convert. The Scots out-shot Berry, 11-4, in the second half.

In the overtime, it was a quick strike from Berry that ended the contest. Davis took a short pass into the box and scored in the lower left corner of the net to give the Vikings a 2-1 victory. The score was Davis' second of the season.

Covenant held a 17-10 advantage in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks. Hooks two saves in the loss, while Wellman registered five saves.


Covenant will get back into USA South play on Friday with a trip to Danville, Va., to face Averett. Match time is set for 4 p.m.


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