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Men's Soccer Hosting Final Rounds of USA South Tournament

Mercer Stout
Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The top-seeded Covenant men's soccer team will host the final two rounds of the USA South Tournament on Nov. 8-9, 2019 at Scotland Yard.

On Friday, Covenant hosts Greensboro in the second semifinal match of the night at 7 p.m. In the first semifinal, Maryville takes on N.C. Wesleyan at 4 p.m.

ADMISSION (CASH ONLY)

  • First 50 Covenant students are FREE (with valid ID)
  • Adults: $6
  • Staff/Faculty/Student/Child: $3
  • Children under 6: Free

TOURNAMENT INFO

SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 8

Saturday, Nov. 9

  • Championship match - 6 p.m.

NO. 1 WEST SEED COVENANT (17-2-1)

  • Covenant is currently 17-2-1 overall, marking the most wins for the program since 2002. The Scots finished 13-0 in USA South play, earning the program's first West Division regular season title and setting program and USA South record for conference wins in a season.
  • The Scots are 7-0 at Scotland Yard this season and outscored opponents 22-1. Covenant has yet to trail at Scotland Yard this year
  • Paul Lemay earned USA South Goalkeeper of the Year, while head coach Scott Bosgraf was the USA South Coach of the Year.
  • A program-record six players earned All-USA South first team honors (Lemay, Jay Patterson, Noah Lee, Jesse Riggs, Josh Brower, and Mercer Stout). Covenant also had two players (Parker Owen and Matt Morefield) earn second team All-USA South.
  • Lemay leads the USA South in goals against average (0.58), goals against (9), save percentage (.859), and shutouts (8). Lemay currently ranks 11th in the nation in save percentage and 15th in goals against average.
  • Brower leads Covenant with 34 points with a career-high 11 goals and 12 assists. 
  • Stout leads the Scots, and is third in the USA South, with 13 goals.
  • Outscored conference foes 45-5 during conference regular season.
  • Covenant has claimed one USA South Tournament title in its history coming back in 2014.

NO. 1 EAST SEED N.C. WESLEYAN (15-2-1)

  • The Battling Bishops enter the weekend 15-2-1 overall and finished the regular season 12-1 in conference play to win the East Division regular season title.
  • The Battling Bishops have won their last nine matches, with their last loss coming to Covenant on Lookout Mountain all the way back on Sept. 27.
  • Defeated Mary Baldwin 2-0 in the quarterfinal round.
  • Baboucarr Njie leads the team with 15 goals and seven assists to total 37 points. Njie was named USA South Player of the Year and first team All-USA South as he led the conference in goals and total points.
  • The Bishops had six players earn All-USA South honors, including three on the first team. Njie, Matteo Costa, and Joseph Brooks all earned first team All-USA South.
  • Matteo Costa leads the team with five game-winning goals.
  • N.C. Wesleyan comes into the semifinals second in the USA South as a team in goals with 49 on the season, and second in total points with 129.
  • N.C. Wesleyan last won the USA South Tournament in 2017 and have claimed the title three times.

NO. 2 WEST SEED MARYVILLE (11-8)

  • Maryville comes in at 11-8 overall and wrapped up USA South play at 8-5.
  • The Scots ended the regular season losing three of their final four matches, but earned a 4-0 win over Piedmont in the first round of the USA South Tournament.
  • Trevor McDonald and Johnny Rakhmonberdiev lead Maryville with seven goals each. Rakhmonberdiev leads the team with 11 assists and 25 points.
  • Maryville put four players on All-USA South teams led by Rakhmonberdiev and Gavin Dougherty on the second team. 
  • The Scots are fourth in the conference with 44 goals on the season and second in assists with 33.
  • Rakhmonberdiev is second in the conference with his 11 assists.
  • Maryville has won two of the last three USA South Tournament titles, including last year when the Scots defeated Covenant 1-0.

NO. 2 EAST SEED GREENSBORO (12-6-2)

  • Greensboro comes into the semifinals at 12-6-2 overall and 9-3-1 in the USA South.
  • The Pride are 4-1 in their last five matches, with their only loss coming to Covenant during that stretch.
  • Darli Mihindou leads the Pride with 15 goals on the year and leads the team with 33 points. 
  • Jordy Briceno paces Greensboro with nine assists.
  • Briceno, last year's USA South Player of the Year, earned first team All-USA South this year to lead three Pride players on All-USA South squads.
  • The Pride is third in the conference in total goals (46), and fourth in assists with 30.
  • Briceno is third in the USA South in assists (9), and Mihindou is third in the conference in total points
  • Greensboro last won the USA South Tournament in 2013 and have won a conference-record nine tournament titles in its history.

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