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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A program-record five Covenant men's soccer players earned United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region honors, announced the organization on Monday.
Seniors Josh Brower and Jesse Riggs were selected to the first team, while senior Paul Lemay, junior Noah Lee and sophomore Mercer Stout collected second-team accolades. It is the first All-Region honors for all five players, while it is the first time since 2014 that Covenant has produced multiple All-Region performers.
Brower, a senior from Birmingham, Ala., tallied a career-high 12 goals, 13 assists, and 37 total points to lead the Scots. The senior, who also earned first team All-USA South and CoSIDA Academic All-District, led the USA South in assists and was tied for the conference lead in points. The 37 points were the most for a Scot since 2009 and Brower's 13 assists are the most since 2004. He had three multi-assist matches on the year, including four in a win over Southern Virginia. Brower earned a USA South Player of the Week honor during the year after scoring three goals with one assist in the final week of the regular season to help Covenant capture a West Division regular season title.
Riggs, a senior from Chesapeake, Va., also earned first team All-Region after compiling a career-high six goals and eight assists during the season. The senior midfielder was strong once again for the Scots as he recorded two game-winning goals on the year, including the lone score in a 1-0 win over Maryville on Oct. 12. Riggs was a first team All-USA South honoree and also earned USA South All-Tournament honors.
A junior from Augusta, Ga., Lee picks up second team All-Region honors. Lee was a standout on the back line for the Scots and a defense that was one of the best in the USA South. He helped the Scots to a USA South-best 0.67 goals against average with 11 shutouts. The junior played in all 22 matches, making 21 starts, and also tallied an assist in Covenant's 5-0 win over Huntingdon on Oct. 19. Lee was a USA South Defensive Player of the Week award recipient on Sept. 23.
Lemay, a senior from Apopka, Fla., adds to his award collection on the year with the second team selection. The senior also earned USA South Goalkeeper of the Year and was a first team All-USA South selection after putting together a season that included a 15-1-2 record with eight shutouts and a goals against average of 0.62. Lemay led the USA South in save percentage (.847), goals against average (0.62), and was second in shutouts with eight. Lemay was a two-time USA South Defensive Player of the Week and also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Stout, a sophomore from Signal Mountain, Tenn., had a breakout season in his second year as a Scot en route to earning second team All-Region. The sophomore led the Scots, and was third in the USA South, with 14 goals while leading the conference with seven game-winning scores. Stout was a first team All-USA South honoree and also collected USA South Player of the Week honors during the season. He had four multi-goal matches on the year and tallied the game-winner late in the second half of Covenant's 2-1 win over William Peace that clinched an undefeated conference season.
Covenant finished the year 18-2-2 overall and a perfect 13-0 in USA South play to win the USA South West Division regular season title. The Scots set a program, and USA South record, for conference wins and became the first USA South team to finish unbeaten with no ties since 2012. The 18 wins were the most for the program since 2002.
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