Panthers fall to Army, 3-1, on day one of Armed Forces Classic

Navy-Air Force Box Score | BSC-Army Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Despite scoring a goal within the first minute of play against Army (1-4), the Birmingham-Southern (1-6) men's soccer team was unable to hold on to the lead and lost, 3-1, Friday evening in game two of the 2008 Armed Forces Classic at BSC Soccer Park.

BSC's lone goal of the game came only 59 seconds into play after the Panthers won the ball and made a beeline for the Black Knights' goal. Freshman Garner Shivers served the ball in to freshman Tyler Evans for Evans' second goal of the season.

Army tied things up in the 53rd minute on a free kick by Patrick McVey, assisted by Evan Seale and Bryan Connolly, and pulled ahead on a controversial goal at the 75:50 mark, in which it appeared that Connolly punched the ball into the goal with his fist. The goal was counted, with Tanner Robertson earning the assist, and the Black Knights put one more on the board at the 89:22 mark as Michael Leach found the net on an assist from Jonathan Brege.

John M. Gallogly played the duration of the match in goal for Army, recording one save, while senior Hal Halbert also played all 90 minutes and picked up six saves.

In game one today, Air Force (1-5) defeated Navy (3-3-1), 1-0. Air Force's goal came late in the game when Steve Noller scored off an assist from Zach Brinlee at the 76:34 mark.

The Panthers are back in action in the Classic on Sunday, Sept. 21, facing Navy at 1:30 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Elite Parachute Jump Team will jump in with the American flag and the game ball. Army will also square off against Air Force at 11 a.m. It is the first time that the three service academies have played soccer in the same tournament at the same site.