On a night when fireworks would take place after the match, junior Snoopy Davidson provided a capacity crowd at Scotland Yard with a fireworks show of his own.
Davidson was involved in every scoring play as he registered two goals and three assists to lead the Covenant men's soccer team to a 5-1 USA South win over North Carolina Wesleyan in front of over 1200 fans in attendance for Homecoming.
The victory pulls Covenant into a tie for first place in the USA South with a 3-2-1 conference mark, which nets 10 total points. The Scots improved to 8-4-3 overall. NC Wesleyan falls to 3-3 inside the conference and 4-7-2 overall.
Davidson has had quite the week. In three matches, the junior had five goals and four assists. More importantly, his effort was boosted Covenant to a 2-0-1 record on the week.
The Scots were put ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute on the first score of the night from Davidson. Joel Friesen headed a corner kick from Michael Arango across the 6-yard box and Davidson cleaned it up for the score. Covenant would go ahead 2-0 in the 30th minute when Danny Knight found the back of the net for the first time this year, assisted by Davidson, with a shot that was deflected by NC Wesleyan keeper Drew Thompson but rolled away and just over the goal line.
NC Wesleyan trimmed the Scots' lead to 2-1 before halftime as Pedro Leao ripped a shot from just above the 18-yard box after Covenant tried to clear the ball after a corner kick. Still, the Scots went into halftime up 2-1.
In the second half, Covenant got a pair of goals within 34 seconds of each other to open up the contest.
Davidson chipped a ball across the box to an open Arango who finished into the lower right of the net to make it 3-1 in the 60th minute. Mere moments later, Matt Hudnut found a goal as his shot initially hit the crossbar but the momentum carried it into the net after hitting the turf for a 4-1 Covenant lead. The assist was also given to Davidson. The score was Hudnut's second of the season.
Covenant would wrap up the scoring in the 66th minute when again Davidson made something happen. Roy Anderson placed a throw-in into the box and Davidson was able to get enough on his header for his fifth goal of the season.
Covenant had a 17-11 shot edge, with a 7-6 advantage in shots on target. Shuler Polk made two saves while Daniel Kubin also tallied two saves. Drew Thompson registered one save for NC Wesleyan.
The Scots look to keep their winning ways alive on Wednesday when they travel to Montgomery, Ala., to take on Huntingdon. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.