Covenant Drops Birmingham Southern 2-1

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

After a scoreless first half, the Covenant men's soccer team used goals from Joel Friesen and Michael Arango in the second half to defeat previously unbeaten Birmingham Southern 2-1 on Wednesday night at Scotland Yard.

The win moves the Scots to 4-1-2 on the year and could serve as a big confidence booster heading into USA South play which begins this weekend. Covenant had scored just one goal in two home matches this season, both ties, before the second half of Wednesday night's contest.

Birmingham Southern, ranked No. 22 in the D3Soccer.com Top 25 this week, drops to 6-1.

The first half saw just four shots taken by both squads as the teams felt each other out. Shuler Polk made three saves in the opening period to thwart any threat from the visiting Panthers.

In the second half it did not take long for Covenant to get on the board. Friesen received a pass from Snoopy Davidson and was able to serve the ball past keeper Jonas Heidrich and into the back left corner of the net for the score in the 50th minute. The goal was Friesen's second of the season as he leads the team in that category.

Birmingham Southern knotted the score at one apiece in the 57th minute when Dylan Rose dribbled past the Covenant defense and got his shot past Polk and into the net. The score was Rose's first of the season.

But Covenant would have the final answer as Arango was the recipient of an excellent pass into the box from Hunter Harrison and the sophomore out ran his defender to the ball and placed it perfectly out of the reach of Heidrich for the game-winner in the 66th minute. The score was Arango's first collegiate goal.

The Scots were able to outlast any and all Birmingham Southern attacks in the latter minutes of the half. Polk made the last save on a Johannes Loeffler shot in the 90th minute to preserve the victory.

Covenant outshot the Panthers 14-10, but the visitors had a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. Polk made five saves for Covenant to pick while Heidrich made two for Birmingham Southern.

USA South action begins on Friday when the Scots travel to take on Greensboro at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Covenant will be at Ferrum for a 7 p.m. start.


Portis, Arkansas Hog Tie Tennessee, 69-64

Javy Lopez To Appear With Braves Caravan Thursday

The 2015 version of the Atlanta Braves caravan is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Academy and Sports at 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 150, in Chattanooga. As of this writing, Javy Lopez, catcher Christian Bethancourt, along with infielder Phil Gosselin and Braves' alumni - Marquis Grissom and Charlie Leibrandt are scheduled to appear. ... (click for more)

6,533 Apply For Chattanooga Housing Authority Voucher Program

The Chattanooga Housing Authority closed its Housing Choice Voucher Program application process Monday at 11:59 p.m. There were 6,533 applicants. CHA will randomly select 1,000 of those names on Monday, for the voucher program waiting list. Anyone who is not selected will need to apply again in the future.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program ... (click for more)

Times Free Press Pays Bonuses, Has Layoffs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press told employees on Monday that the newspaper had improved financial performance over the prior year quarters and employees were receiving two percent bonuses. Sources said at the same time, the newspaper announced some layoffs. Those include four people in the newsroom and an unspecified number in other departments. Bruce Hartmann, president, ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)