Smoky Mountain graduate Jordan Couch is the top scorer in NCAA Division III soccer this season.
Coach is a junior at Emory & Henry (Va.) and has 12 goals so far for the Wasps.
He received his diploma from Smoky Mountain in 2014 and was an East-West All-Star and Citizen-Times All-WNC forward as a high school senior. Couch scored 140 career goals for the Mustangs, including 50 as a senior.
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EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry men’s soccer team jumped out to a historic start in its first five games this season, reeling off five straight victories for the best start in program history. The Wasps now stand 5-1 overall after a 2-1 loss on the road at William Peace University. In the six games that E&H has played, the squad has scored 22 goals which match the total number of goals scored by the team in all 17 games last season.
The success of the team can certainly be attributed to the improved talent level and team cohesion under fourth-year head coach Robert Richardson. But two players, Jordan Couch (Abingdon, Va.) and Zach Quest (Charlotte, N.C.), have led the Wasps offensively and are earning national attention for the program. Couch leads all of NCAA Division III in scoring, amassing a total of 12 goals so far, including two four-goal matches. Couch scored a total of six goals during the 2015 season.
The junior, who was selected to the All-ODAC second team last season, stated “It’s both humbling and rewarding to see all the hard work that the team has put in this summer and during the preseason paying off. It’s still early in the season, and I know the team and myself still have a lot to work on to continue the early success that we’ve had thus far.”
Couch and Quest have combined for 42 points on the early season. The two only had 16 points all of last year. Furthermore, the two have two match-winners each and a combined 35 shots on goal.