ROME, Ga. -- The Covenant women's soccer team opened 2016 with a 1-0 loss at regional foe Berry on Thursday night in Rome.
Covenant keeper Rachel Lemay (0-1) tied a career-high with nine saves, but it was a Berry goal late in the first half that proved to be too much for the Lady Scots to overcome. Covenant drops to 0-1, while Berry is 1-0 on the year.
The lone goal in the contest came in the 37th minute when Berry's Samantha Schoppy found the back of the net, assisted by Emily Nixon, giving the host Vikings a 1-0 lead. That lead would hold for the rest of the match.
Lemay and the Covenant defense kept the team in the contest, despite Berry holding an 18-2 shot advantage. The Lady Scots had a chance to score in the 28th minute, but Anna Porch's shot was saved by Berry keeper Logan Williams. Lizzy Hightower tried to find the equalizer for Covenant in the 60th minute, but Williams again denied the effort.
Williams (1-0) ended with two saves in the shutout victory for Berry.
Covenant will host Sewanee in the 2016 home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Kickoff at Scotland Yard is set for 8 p.m.
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