Maryville retains Highland Trophy in Fernandez's 1,000th game

Maryville retains Highland Trophy in Fernandez's 1,000th game

The Maryville College Scots took home the Highland Trophy on a crisp Friday night, while Head Coach Pepe Fernandez celebrated a milestone.

The hometown Scots defeated the Scots of Covenant, 4-1, to retain the coveted trophy.

Since its inception in 2011, Covenant has only held the trophy once in 2012.

Maryville has retained the trophy with an unbeaten mark over the past four seasons. The two teams played to a draw two years ago.

Maryville College had a special celebration on the night, as the Scots' Fernandez celebrated his 1,000th career game for the Orange and Garnet. In 28 seasons with the men and 26 seasons with the women, Fernandez has accumulated 648 victories.

He has 18 conference titles and a dozen trips to the NCAA post season. The Scots retired the night's game ball in Fernandez's honor.

Maryville (7-2, 4-1 USA South) struck first off a long dribble by Caleb Lucas. Lucas dribbled half the field, before side stepping a defender and finding Cody VanKerschaever across the middle. VanKerschaever drew back, slipping his fourth goal of the season under a diving Jonathan Crossman. Maryville held a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.

Covenant (1-8-1, 1-4) struck right back just 47 seconds later. Carl Simakoff shot, but Maryville's Ryan Jorgensen turned away the kick. Jorgensen was unable to cover the ball, as Jesse Riggs recovered and found the back of an empty net. Riggs' fourth goal of the season knotted the game a 1-all late in the first half.

Maryville would regain the lead, though, just 2:52 later. Lucas would shoot from the right side. Crossman blocked the kick, but Maryville returned the favor. Tim Baker found the ball in the middle of the box, depositing it into an empty net. Maryville held a 2-1 lead during the 40th minute.

With just 37 second left in the first half, the Scots would take their first two-goal advantage. Hayden Puryear found Lucas in the left side of the box with a header. Lucas spun one defender, before splitting a pair of defenders. The senior notched his eight goal of the season in the lower left of the net, as Maryville would take a 3-1 lead to the break.

Maryville outpaced the Covenant Scots by a 12-4 shot advantage, as MC posted seven shots on goal. Covenant had only three shots on goal.

Maryville placed a fourth goal, but was called offside less than two minutes into the second half. However, they would find the fourth goal and a lead of three when Bret Thomas found VanKerschaever in the middle. The junior found the middle of the net for his second goal of the match and a 4-1 Maryville lead in the 48th minute.

The Orange and Garnet outshot Covenant 17-9, while posting 10 shots on goal.

MC's Jorgensen got the win, as he moves to 6-2 on the year in the net for the Scots.

Maryville will take Saturday off before traveling to Danville, Ky. The Scots take on Centre College at noon.