GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Parker Owen scored twice and had the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute to cap the Covenant men's soccer team's, 3-2, comeback victory at Greensboro on Friday afternoon.
It was the fifth straight victory for Covenant (15-2-1, 12-0 USA South) as the Scots clinched home-field advantage throughout the USA South Tournament, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 2.
In order to get the victory, the Scots had to do something they have rarely needed to do this year: come back from a late deficit.
After Covenant took a 1-0 lead into halftime, Greensboro (10-6-2, 8-3-1 USA South) scored twice to take a 2-1 lead in the 81st minute. The Scots responded, however, as Josh Brower laced a free kick from 30 yards out and found the back of the net to even the score at 2-2 in the 82nd minute of play.
The goal was Brower's ninth of the year.
Both teams had looks over the final minutes of regulation, but neither team could break the tie. In the overtime session, Owen possessed a deflected corner kick off the foot of Jesse Riggs and buried his shot into the left side of the goal to give the Scots a 3-2 victory.
It marked the first time all year that Covenant had trailed in USA South play and only the fourth time in 18 matches overall on the season.
Owen was a part of the first score for the Scots in the opening half. A corner kick from Riggs found the head of Owen on the back post and the junior knocked it into the net to give Covenant a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. The two-goal match for Owen was his second career multi-goal match, while it gives him five scores on the year.
In the second half, Greensboro's Darli Mihindou scored in the 64th minute and again in the 81st minute, both assisted by Jordy Briceno, to give the host Pride a 2-1 edge.
Greensboro out-shot Covenant, 14-12, in the tightly played contest. The Scots held an 8-4 edge in corner kicks, while both teams combined for 19 fouls.
Paul Lemay made three saves in the win at the net for Covenant. Greensboro keeper Remy Brezault made four saves.
Covenant will conclude the regular season on Saturday at William Peace. Match time is set for 3 p.m.
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