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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Backed by another strong defensive effort throughout the season, the Covenant women's soccer team concluded 2016 with a 13-5 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the USA South. 

It was the sixth time in the last seven seasons that head coach Mark Duble's squad won at least 10 matches, and the 17th time in the program's 23-year history. The Lady Scots finished second in the USA South's West Division with a program-record 11 conference victories. Covenant achieved its first region ranking in the NCAA era as the NSCAA had the Lady Scots at No. 10 in the region in the Oct. 19 poll.

Covenant also produced six All-USA South players led by Summer Bader and Rachel Lemay earning first team All-Conference honors and first team All-Division accolades. Anna Porch and Andrea Hunt Roylston were also selected to the All-West Division first team, while Callie Bader and Kaitlyn Winking were second team All-West choices.

MATCHES OF THE YEAR:

Covenant had three impressive victories over a 10-day span in September. First, the Lady Scots rallied from a halftime deficit with three second half goals to defeat Sewanee 3-2 on Sept. 7. Savanna Cingilli scored twice in that second half to lead the comeback and Hannah King's goal in the 68th minute was the eventual game-winner.

Check out the highlights from the Sewanee victory below:

USA South play opened on Sept. 16 at Scotland Yard against Piedmont. Freshman Lizzy Hightower scored both goals, including the game-winner in the 85th minute, to knock off the Lions 2-1. A day later on Sept. 17 against Salem, Summer Bader scored in the early minutes of the opening period and Covenant would use its strong defense in a 1-0 win over the visiting Spirits.

Check out highlights from the Piedmont and Salem victories below:

A SEASON OF STREAKS AND DEFENSE:

Covenant had a couple of impressive streaks during the year. The Lady Scots rattled off a six-match win streak from Sept. 7-28 and then a seven-match win streak from Sept. 30-Oct. 21. During the first win streak, Covenant produced four shutouts and the Lady Scots had six clean sheets during the seven-match winning streak.

Shutouts were common throughout the year for the Lady Scots. With sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Lemay returning along with a back line of Andrea Hunt Roylston, Kaitlyn Winking and Natalie Smith, the Lady Scots were set for a strong defensive year. Covenant tallied 10 shutouts on the year, the most since recording 11 in 2012, and had a string of 640 consecutive shutout minutes spanning eight matches at one point during the year.

Covenant's 0.50 team goals against average was second in the USA South and 24th in Division III. The Lady Scots' .556 shutout percentage was 51st-best in the nation.

Covenant also dominated at Scotland Yard. The Lady Scots went 8-1 on their home pitch and outscored opponents 16-4 while tallying six shutouts.

TOP PERFORMERS:

Goals:
- Rebekah Gravitt (4)
- Savanna Cingilli (3)
- Anna Robertson (3)
- Anna Porch (3) 

Assists:
- Anna Porch (9) - Tied for first in the USA South and ranked 60th in all of Division III
- Summer Bader (5)
- Anna Robertson (2)

Points:
- Anna Porch (15)
- Summer Bader (9)
- Rebekah Gravitt (9)
- Anna Robertson (8) 
- Savanna Cingilli (7) 

Goalkeeping:
- Rachel Lemay: 51 saves, 0.48 goals against average (25th-best in Division III), six shutouts

AWARD WINNERS:

All-USA South 
Summer Bader
Rachel Lemay

All-USA South West Division
Summer Bader - 1st team
Rachel Lemay - 1st team
Anna Porch - 1st team
Andrea Hunt Roylston - 1st team
Callie Bader - 2nd team
Kaitlyn Winking - 2nd team

USA South All-Sportsmanship
Andrea Hunt Roylston 

USA South Players of the Week
Rachel Lemay - Defensive (Sept. 19)
Lizzy Hightower - Rookie (Sept. 19)
Kaitlyn Winking - Defensive (Oct. 17) 

NSCAA Team Ethics Award
Bronze 

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Fall Recaps: Women's Soccer
December 19, 2016 Fall Recaps: Women's Soccer