LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The women's soccer team had its most successful season since moving from the NAIA. The Lady Scots finished 15-5-1, just one win shy of tying a school record for victories, and claimed a share of the GSAC regular season title with a 9-1 conference record.
The conference championship is the first NCAA Division III conference title for the women's soccer program.
The season brought many highlight moments, but one of the most notable ones came during Homecoming. On October 6, Covenant defeated Tennessee Temple 2-0 to give head coach Mark Duble his 200th career victory at Covenant. After the match, current and former Lady Scots players came out to midfield to congratulate Duble, who finished his 19th season as head coach, on his milestone victory.
The Lady Scots had an eight-match winning streak, and won 11 of 12 at one point during the season. Defense was a big reason why Covenant was able to notch 15 victories. The Lady Scots allowed just 16 goals all year, a goals against average of 0.76, and went a stretch of four matches without allowing a single score. Covenant recorded 11 shutouts, out of 21 total matches, as a team this season.
Covenant managed to win 15 matches despite having to play not one, but two schools ranked No. 1 in Division III. The Lady Scots opened the season on the road against preseason No. 1 Messiah College and were defeated 4-0. Messiah would go on and win the Division III championship. Covenant also hosted top-ranked Emory University on October 22 and fell 3-0.
The Lady Scots were the only team in all of Division III that had to face two teams ranked No. 1 at the time of their match.
Senior Katelyn Newsome led Covenant with nine goals on the season and earned a spot on the GSAC all-conference team. Six other Lady Scots joined Newsome on the all-GSAC team including senior Kathryn Allison, junior Mary Buys, senior Sheri Koenig, sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Bales, senior Mo Cross, and freshman Anne Charlotte Strawbridge.
Newsome also earned NCCAA Mid-East All-Region honors, finishing second in the Region Player of the Year voting, along with Allison, and Cross.
Cross was second on the team in goals (five) and points (15) and led Covenant in assists with five. Freshman Ruth Terry had four goals.
The women were defeated in the semifinal round of the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament by Trevecca Nazarene 2-0 to end the season.
In addition to on-field success, Covenant also produced eight players on the GSAC all-academic team led by Ally Jennings, Hannah Weichbrodt, Amy Dykstra, Beth Wilkening, Newsome, Allison, Koenig, and Buys. Five Lady Scots were recognized on the NCCAA Scholar-Athlete team with Newsome, Koenig, Weichbrodt, Wilkening, and Buys all earning honors.
Covenant will graduate 10 of its players this year. However, several contributors on this season's squad will return next year for Duble and the Lady Scots.
**This is the first in a week-long series recapping the fall sports season at Covenant. Below are links and a schedule to the rest of the season recaps.
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