LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's soccer team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night as the Scots fell to N.C. Wesleyan in a penalty shootout, 4-2, following a 1-1 draw in the USA South Tournament championship at Scotland Yard.
It was the first time all year that Covenant (18-2-2) did not win at Scotland Yard. N.C. Wesleyan (16-2-2) earns the USA South's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Scots were close to coming away with a win in regulation. Parker Owen gave Covenant a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute with a goal off a free kick from just outside the box. The goal was Owen's third in the USA South Tournament and his eighth of the year.
That lead held for Covenant until the 81st minute. N.C. Wesleyan earned a corner kick and Lucas Menzo's kick was deflected back to him on the left-side of the box. Menzo collected the ball and found the upper corner of the net for his second goal of the year to even the score at 1-1.
Both teams had few chances in the remaining minutes in regulation and through two overtime sessions. Covenant outshot N.C. Wesleyan 3-0 in the extra periods, but was turned away each time by the N.C. Wesleyan defense.
In the shootout, N.C. Wesleyan went 4-for-4, while the Scots missed two chances. N.C. Wesleyan keeper Tobias Borzel, who was named tournament MVP, came up with the title-clinching save for the visiting Battling Bishops.
Covenant had a slim, 15-14, edge in total shots on the night while N.C. Wesleyan held a 10-7 margin in corner kicks. The teams combined for 35 fouls.
Paul Lemay made three saves for the Scots and Borzel made two for N.C. Wesleyan.
Covenant ends the year with 18 wins, the most since 2002.
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