Panthers persevere in overtime, top Westminster 2-1

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern (1-0) men’s soccer team opened their 2008 campaign on Friday night, as they defeated the Blue Jays of Westminster College (0-1) 2-1 in overtime. 

Neither team was able to place any points on the board in the first half, this despite BSC’s three shots on goal.  Westminster survived thanks to the efforts of their keeper, Taylor Webb, who came up with three big saves in the period.  Both defenses played well and held the game scoreless.

Westminster would be the first to break the stalemate with a goal from JP Thompson in the 54th minute.  The Panthers didn’t wait long to answer with a goal of their own thanks to Garner Shiver’s evener just six minutes later off an assist from Carter McLean.  The two teams seemed evenly matched for much of the half and that’s how it ended.  Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

The overtime period went almost nine minutes before Garner Shivers was able to put the game away for the Panthers off a cross from Ivy Duggan.  The win starts BSC off with a 1-0 record on the year.

The Panthers will be back in action Sunday in the final game of the 2008 BSC Labor Day Classic, they will face the Bears of Washington University at 2:30 at the BSC Soccer Park.  The Blue Jays will play Sewanee at noon. 

Sewanee defeated Washington University in the first match of the classic earlier in the afternoon.