The Maryville College Scots suffered a tough loss in their USA South Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday night, as Covenant College took the match, 3-0.
The loss marks the first victory for Covenant over Maryville since Oct. 28, 2015, while breaking the Orange and Garnet's four-match win streak over the Georgian Scots.
The two teams took a nil-all score to the break, as Maryville fended off a trio of Covenant College free kicks within 40 yards in front of the box.
MC's stellar defensive effort was led by the Scots' Ian Schomer, as Maryville outshot their Lookout Mountain, Ga. counterparts, 12-7. Both Scots squads posted a pair of shots on goal.
The Orange and Garnet's Ryan Jorgensen and Covenant's Paul Lemay turned away each shot they faced for the scoreless half.
Maryville's best chance came with just 10 second remaining, as Lemay leapt for a free kick attempt. The ball fell in the middle of the box, as Aaron Rucker and John Nesbit both had shots blocked by Covenant defenders.
However, Covenant would score first in the 48th minute of action. Ethan Pettit lofted a high pass at the top of the box, as Carl Simakoff collected it. Simakoff's shot appeared high, as it slipped just under the crossbar for a 1-0 score.
Anthony Buzzeo made it a 2-0 match just 10 minutes later. Buzzeo took on two defenders at the top of the box, splitting them. His shot from 15 yards sailed into the high-right corner for his first goal of the season.
Covenant would make it a 3-0 match in the 71st minute. Keegan Weekley's pass would find Parker Owen in front of net. Owen pitched it over his head with his right foot, before left-footing it out of the air and into the lower right from 10 yards out.
The two squads ended the contest with matching shot totals at 18. However, Covenant held a 10-6 shots on goal advantage in a contest that saw 30 fouls and four cards.
Covenant College (4-1, 1-0) saw Owen lead the way with four shots and two on goal. He added a goal, while Buzzeo had a goal on a trio of shots.
Maryville College's weekend USA South road trip has been postponed due to the threat of Hurrican Florence. The matches against Methodist University and N.C. Wesleyan College have yet to be rescheduled.
MC will look next to take on Greensboro College on Friday, Sept. 21. The Scots will host the Pride at 4:30 p.m., before hosting Averett University on Saturday, Sept. 22.