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Throwback Thursday Series: 2006 Women's Soccer

The 2006 women's soccer team advanced to the program's first NAIA national tournament.
The 2006 women's soccer team advanced to the program's first NAIA national tournament.

Editor's Note: Every Thursday from June 19-August 14, we will feature an outstanding team or player from Covenant's history for "Throwback Thursday." Want to see a specific player or team featured? Send us an email at sid@covenant.edu with your idea!

2006 Women's Soccer

The 2006 women's soccer team accomplished a feat that the program had never seen in its previous 12 seasons of competition. The Lady Scots, under head coach Mark Duble, advanced to their first NAIA national tournament.

Covenant went 15-4 overall and captured both the regular season and tournament titles in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) en route to earning an at-large berth to the NAIA tournament in Olathe, Kansas. 

Covenant went a perfect 8-0 in conference play and claimed the conference tournament title with a 2-1 overtime victory against Virginia Intermont. The following week, the Lady Scots fell to King in the NAIA Region XII semifinals. However, they were selected as an at-large into the NAIA national tournament as the ninth-seed.

The Lady Scots fell in their opening match of the national tournament 3-1 to Westmont, but the loss did not take away from one of the best seasons in program history.

Covenant placed two players on NAIA All-American teams in Amy Smrcina (second team) and Ashley Wood (third team), while Laura Cherry, Kalie Estrada and Kristine Solis earned honorable mention honors. Smrcina was the Player of the Year in the AAC and one of five players to be named to the All-AAC first team (Smrcina, Estrada, Solis, Wood and Anna Meiners). Cherry and Erica Mackie were second team All-AAC while Joy Cain and Rebecca Sasscer were third team choices. Duble was selected as the Coach of the Year in the league.

As a team, Covenant was selected as the NAIA's Champions of Character Award winner. The Lady Scots were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NAIA as they started the season 10-1, which included a nine-match win streak. 

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