BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern (4-8) Panthers used three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to charge past the visiting Fontbonne University (3-4) Griffins Sunday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
The two teams traded goals for much of the game. The Panthers struck first with 13:16 in the first quarter when #Ryan Croft# found the back of the net to put BSC up 1-0. Fontbonne wasted little time responding, however, and scored the evener less than a minute later. Panther goals from #Jacob McPherson# (8:11 1st), #Parker Samuel# (8:36 2nd), #Christopher Buechele# (1:46 2nd), and a second goal from Croft (5:11 1st) allowed the Panthers to take the slim 5-4 lead into the halftime.
Fontbonne took the lead for the first, and only, time of the game thanks to a pair of early goals to start the second half. The Panthers got three goals in the period from Samuel (10:58 3rd), his second of the day, #D.J. Ward# (9:34 3rd), and Buechele (4:51 3rd). The Griffins were able to close the gap back up though thanks to a late goal with just over a minute left in the period to take an 8-8 tie into the final quarter.
From that point on the game was all Panther as BSC rattled off three unanswered goals to wrap up the victory. Ward scored his second of the game with 13:06 remaining. #Cameron Hyde# got into the action, scoring his second goal of the season with 8:38 left on the clock. Christopher Buechele put the cherry on top with the final goal, his third, of the game with 2:12 remaining.
The Panthers were outshot on the day, 39-38, although they won the ground war 40-33 and controlled 14-of-23 faceoffs compared to 9 for the Griffins. BSC was 2-for-2 in extra-man opportunites with Griffins in the penalty box. Fontbonne did hold the edge in goalie saves, 19-16, and turnovers. The Panthers gave up the ball 25 times to Fontbonne's 19.
The Panthers will go on the road for two more games before returning to Panther Stadium to finish out their inaugural season. They travel to SCAC-rival Hendrix College on the 11th for a 1:00 p.m. game in Conway, Ark. before facing off with the College of Mount St. Joseph in Huntsville on the 19. The Panthers' final match of the season will take place on April 22nd at 5:00 p.m. versus the University of the South-Sewanee.