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ROME, Ga. -- After capturing a regular season USA South division title, the Covenant men's soccer dominated the All-USA South awards, as the conference unveiled its season honors on Wednesday.
Head coach Scott Bosgraf earned Coach of the Year and senior Paul Lemay was named the Goalkeeper of the Year to lead 10 total honorees for the Scots. Lemay was a first team All-USA South selection and was joined on the first team by Josh Brower, Jesse Riggs, Noah Lee, Mercer Stout, and Jay Patterson, while Parker Owen and Matt Morefield were second team choices. Seth Robinson was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.
The six first-team honorees are the most for Covenant in the NCAA era and are the most on record in program history.
Bosgraf, in his third year at the helm of his alma mater, guided the Scots to their best season since 2002 and a USA South West Division title. Covenant stands at 16-2-1 overall and finished USA South play with a perfect 13-0 mark. The 13 conference wins set a program and USA South record, while Covenant became the first USA South team to finish without a loss or tie in a season since Christopher Newport in 2012. Bosgraf saw his squad outscore conference foes 45-5 on the year while allowing just one goal at home the entire season.
Bosgraf is the first men's soccer coach to earn conference coach of the year honors since John Miglarese in 2007 (AAC).
Lemay, a senior from Apopka, Fla., earned Goalkeeper of the Year and first team All-USA South. He becomes just the second Scot player in program history to earn a USA South individual honor (Snoopy Davidson, Player of the Year, 2014). Lemay currently leads the league in fewest goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.55), save percentage (.869) and shutouts (8) while tied in wins (13). In USA South-only contests, Lemay posted a perfect 11-0-0 record, allowing just four goals while stopping 36 shots. Lemay was also a two-time USA South Defensive Player of the Week this season.
Lemay earns first team All-Conference honors as a goalkeeper for the first time in his career after being a second team selection last season.
Brower, a senior from Birmingham, Ala., collects his first All-USA South first team choice, and second career All-Conference honor. The senior put together a career season for the Scots as he produced 10 goals and led the USA South with 11 assists during the regular season. Brower, named USA South Player of the Week earlier this week, scored in each of the final four matches of the year as Covenant captured a regular season title. He had three multi-assist matches on the year, including four in a win over Southern Virginia. Last week, Brower had three goals and one assist to earn his first career weekly award.
A senior from Chesapeake, Va., Riggs earns a second straight All-USA South first team selection. The senior midfielder was strong once again for the Scots as he totaled five goals and a career-high six assists on the year. Riggs had two game-winning goals on the year, including the lone score in a 1-0 win over Maryville on Oct. 12. In USA South play alone, Riggs had four goals and four assists.
Lee, a junior from Augusta, Ga., picks up his first career All-USA South honor. The standout defender helped Covenant to 10 shutouts on the year and a team goals against average of 0.62, which led the USA South. Lee also contributed an assist on the year as he aided on a goal in a 5-0 win at Huntingdon on Oct. 19.
A sophomore from Signal Mountain, Tenn., Stout had an impressive season that saw him earn his first career All-USA South accolade. Stout led Covenant in goals with 13 on the year, which ranked third in the USA South, and led the conference with seven game-winning scores. He accumulated four multi-goal matches and tallied the game-winner late in the second half of Covenant's 2-1 win over William Peace on Saturday that clinched an undefeated conference season. Stout earned USA South Player of the Week on Sept. 2 after opening the season with three goals in two Covenant wins.
Patterson, a freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., rounds out the six first team selections for the Scots. In just his freshman season, Patterson asserted himself in the middle of Covenant's back line and helped the Scots to one of the best defensive seasons the program has seen in recent years. Patterson worked his way into the starting lineup in the third week of the season and ended up starting 13 matches.
Morefield, a senior from Overland Park, Kan., also earned his first career All-USA South selection. Much like Lee and Patterson, Morefield's play along the back has played a critical role in the Scots' success this year. Morefield also helped out on the offensive side of the ball as he tallied an assist in the Scots' win over Southern Virginia on Aug. 31.
A junior from Knoxville, Tenn., Owen earns his second straight All-USA South honor after being named to the third team last year. Owen has been a presence in the midfield all year and has turned into another offensive weapon for the Scots late in the season. He tallied five goals and two assists on the season, with four of those scores coming in the final five matches of the year. Owen had two scores, including the game-winner in overtime, in Covenant's win at Greensboro on Oct. 25.
Robinson, a senior from August, Ga., was the Scots' representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. A four-year member of the program, Robinson played in 11 matches during the regular season.
Covenant, the No. 1 West seed, will host No. 4 West seed LaGrange in a USA South Tournament first round match on Saturday. Match time has yet to be determined.
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