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September 25, 2009

Men's soccer takes win from Rhodes 2-1 on penalty

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men’s soccer team got the conference schedule rolling with a 2-1 win over the visiting Rhodes Lynx tonight at BSC Soccer Park.

After being clear all day, the weather decided to turn 15 minutes before the game and the skies dumped a steady torrent of rain onto the field.  The soggy conditions soaked the pitch in a matter of minutes, giving both teams control problems and considerably slowing the pace of play.

The Panthers finally got on the board in the 16th-minute when #Andrew Shelton# blasted a shot into the Rhodes keeper that deflected right to the foot of #Tyler Evans# who put BSC up 1-0.  The Lynx were able to get the evener right before the end of the half.  Ryan Landry found a way past #Charlie Boles# to tie the game at one goal apiece.

The second half the rain stopped, allowing both teams to settle into more of a rhythm.  Both defenses continued to hold strong and it seemed to many at BSC Soccer Park that we might all be in for a long night.  The Panthers finally broke the deadlock in the 83rd-minute when a Rhodes’ player drew a yellow card in the box, sending #Scott Shelton# in for the penalty shot.  He successfully sent the ball past the keepers left arm and put the Panthers up for good.

The win improves the Panthers to 6-1on the season.  The Lynx fell to 3-3-1.  This game, while a conference scheduled match, does not count in the conference standings since BSC is still in the NCAA transition period. 

The Panthers will return to the pitch this Sunday to host another SCAC opponent in the Hendrix College Warriors.  Game time is scheduled for noon at BSC Soccer Park.