Lizzy Hightower's Golden Goal Caps Comeback Win For Covenant

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - by Andrew Mindeman
Lizzy Hightower scored the game-winner in the 106th minute to cap a 2-1 comeback victory for the Covenant women's soccer team over Berry in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Scotland Yard.


Covenant (7-5) won for the first time over Berry since 2012 and the Lady Scots have won two straight overall. 

Berry controlled the match for much of the night. The visiting Vikings held a 15-7 shot advantage, but Covenant didn't back down and capitalized on chances late. Covenant trailed 1-0 late in the second half, but a Rachel Lemay free kick soared into the 18-yard box before being headed by Berry defender Micahala Bibbins and into the net for an own goal to tie the score at 1-1.

There was only one shot taken combined between the two overtime sessions and it was Hightower's game winner. The sophomore gathered the ball at the top of the box before working around a Berry defender and getting her shot into the right-side of the net past keeper Jackie McGivney for the winner. The goal was Hightower's third of the year.

Berry (2-7-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute. Samantha Schoppy collected a deflected ball inside the box and knocked it past Lemay and into the net giving the Vikings a 1-0 edge. The goal was Schoppy's first of the year.

Covenant had limited chances in both halves, taking just three shots in each against a stingy Berry defense. Grace Bartelt and Molly Kate McLearn had looks late in the first half, but McGivney made saves on both. Late in the second half, Kyra Duble got off an attempt on target but McGivney came up with the save again.

Lemay, making a return to the field after sitting out three matches due to injury, made seven saves on the night. McGivney made three saves at the net for Berry.

Duble and Hightower took two shots apiece for the Lady Scots. Schoppy led Berry, and all players, with four attempts.

UP NEXT

Covenant will travel to Montgomery, Ala., on Friday to take on USA South foe Huntingdon. Match time is set for 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT).


McCallie Basketball School Sessions

The McCallie basketball school and instructional 3-on-3 league directed by Blue Tornado coach John Shulman is scheduled over the next four months at the private school on Dodds Avenue. There is a $175 cost per semester (seven classes) and the start dates are Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and December 3, 10 and 17. In the second semester, dates are January 7, 14, 21 and 28 and February ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Vol Fans Wait, While Butch Plows Forward

While the Tennessee offense extended their touchdownless streak to 14 quarters in their 45-7 loss to Alabama, Coach Butch Jones and his staff went back to work  on Sunday getting ready for the Vols' game at Kentucky this weekend. In the meantime, Tennessee fans are waiting for the axe to fall on Jones; speculating on just when his firing happens. Things are as bad as I've ... (click for more)

State Seeks To Take Deposition Of Key Witness With Cancer In 17-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

The District Attorney's Office is asking to take the deposition of a key witness in a 17-year-old cold case murder, saying he has cancer that had spread from his brain to other parts of his body. District Attorney Neal Pinkston said Michael Penterics has information in the case in which Jason Kirk Sanford, 44, of Westland, Mich, in charged in the June 2000 death of Sarah Lea ... (click for more)

Home On Standifer Gap Road Damaged By Fire Monday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a house fire at 6731 Standifer Gap Road a round  9:30  a.m. on Monday . Battalion Chief Brandon Schroyer said the first arriving firefighters with Quint 8 encountered dark smoke coming from the basement. The firefighters attacked the fire quickly, using hand-held hoselines to extinguish the fire within a few minutes.  ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Evil This Way Comes

There is a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as some of the 20,000 students at Middle Tennessee State are taught, that reads: "By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes." The professors explain that in the 16 th century the “pricking of thumbs” meant an intuition of evil about to happen and every student at MTSU knows several white supremacy ... (click for more)