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Covenant Academy takes second in conference
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Covenant Academy middle school soccer came in second in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference tournament this past Saturday. Covenant went in as the No. 7 seed out of 11 teams. On Friday, Covenant upset No. 2 seed Franklin Christian Academy 4-3 to make it to the final four on Saturday.
Saturday morning Covenant played Aaron Academy and thanks to a strong defensive effort held them off for a 2-1 victory. Headed into the championship game, Covenant knew it was going to be tough during team introductions. Grace Christian Academy’s lineup was twice the size of Covenant’s.
Covenant played hard to start the game and Nick Simmons scored the first goal of the game. Grace Christian came back with two goals and made the score at halftime 2-1.
Jackson Smith had a strong game in goal. Smith had 14 saves in the first half and GCA was just too strong in the second half and added three more goals. Nick Simmons punched in one more toward the end of the game to make it 5-2.
Covenant coach Chris Madewell said, “I am so proud of the way we have improved throughout the season. The kids never give up and their positive attitude is what allowed us to surprise everyone in this tournament and go from seventh to second.”
Nick Simmons and Lance Curtis received all-tournament awards.
Covenant Academy’s high school soccer team played Christian Community School Tuesday                    night at Pistole Park in its first game of the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference tournament.                               Covenant came out strong with Anthony Palmer scoring two goals and Grant Peterson added two more in the first half and gave Covenant a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Christian Community came back strong in the second half scoring two quick goals and cut the lead to 4-2. The second half was very physical with a Christian Community striker landing on Covenant goalie Jackson Smith which forced him out of the game. Anthony Palmer replaced Smith at goalie and Covenant was able to slow things down for the remainder of the game. Covenant went on to win 4-2.
Coach Madewell said, “We came out fired up and playing hard in the first half. We were a little sluggish at the start of the second half, but I was pleased with the way we picked up the tempo and finished the game strong. It was a very physical game against a bigger team and I am proud of the way we didn’t back down.”