1989: A Season to Remember

Miami Shores, Florida ... The 1989 season was a championship year to remember. Mike Covone's soccer team earned Barry its first national title in any sport, highlighting the school's Golden Jubilee celebration.

The Buccaneers culminated a 18-game undefeated streak by blasting Keene State 4-0 in the finals to earn the NCAA Division II championship.

Rarely can a team in any sport boast of an undefeated season, but that's what the Bucs accomplished in 1989. The only blemish on the perfect season was a 0-0 tie to Division I power Central Florida.

How dominant was Barry in '89? The Bucs yielded only three goals all season. They closed out the year with nine straight shutouts spanning 891 minutes. Over the season Covone's squad posted 15 shutouts in 18 games. The Bucs outscored their opponents 55-3, dominating the season and romping to the championship.

Covone was named National Coach-of-the Year. Kyllene Carter, Jennifer Faccone, and Carilyn Hormilla were named NSCAA All-Americans. Faccone and Shannon Connor were selected Adidas Academic All-Americans.

Things didn't always come easily during the season. Six of the 18 games were decided by 1-0 scores. In the first game of the year, freshman Jennifer Shannon broke a scoreless tie with a goal late in the first half and the Bucs held on.

In the regular season finale against Tulsa, neither team was able to score in regulation or the first overtime. Carol Ashmore broke the ice 42 seconds into the second overtime and Lisa Keller broke the game open with a goal 14 seconds later. Senior Dawn Wagner closed the scoring, keeping the Bucs' perfect season intact.

Barry rolled through the national tournament defeating Adelphi 4-0 in the semifinals and Keene State by the same score in the final.


1989 NCAA Division II Championship
Miami Shores, Florida





Keene State




Barry University




Scoring: BU-Carol Ashmore (unassisted), 9:46; BU-Dawn Wagner (penalty kick), 26:54; BU-Kyllene Carter (unassisted), 66:10; BU-Jessica Park (unassisted), 68:32. Shots: KS-8; BU-12. SAVES: KS (Kara Dubois) -4; BU (Carilyn Hormilla) –3. Corner kicks: KS-7; BU-2. FOULS: KS-26; BU-18.