Panther comeback comes up short against Mississippi College

Panther comeback comes up short against Mississippi College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Mississippi College (2-0) scored two early goals and then held off Birmingham-Southern College for a 2-1 win in the final game of the Jim N' Nicks/Puma Labor Day Classic at the BSC Soccer Park on Sunday.

The Choctaws finished 2-0 on the weekend to win the Classic, while Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee both went 1-1 and Blackburn College went 0-2.

Mississippi College got on the board first against BSC when Fredy Banuelos punched in a rebound off a save shot from Rafael Guzman 36 seconds into the match.

Brian Vasquez found the back of the net from the middle of the box on another feed from Guzman in the fourth minute to give MC a 2-0 advantage.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard when freshman Tobias Winter scored off a cross from Nico Reitmeier in the 36th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1, but were unable to score again in the match.

BSC outshot the MC 17-7, including 6-1 in the second half. Each team posted six shots on goal.

Freshman Sveinbo Grimsson had four saves in goal for the Panthers, and MC's Robert Jackson was credited with three saves.

BSC returns to action against Greensboro College and Huntingdon College next Saturday and Sunday at the Kyle Rote Jr. Invitational in Sewanee, Tenn.

In the first match of the day today, Sewanee defeated Mississippi College 4-0.

The Tigers' (1-1) first goal came on a penalty kick when Blackburn's Paul Tamakloe whistled for a foul in the box, setting up Ball's first goal in the 23rd minute.

Three minutes later Ball tallied his second goal off a feed from Matt Lightfoot in the 26th minute to give Sewanee a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Will Morgan extended the Tigers' lead to 3-0 taking a free kick from Watson Hartsoe in the 53rd minute.

Lightfoot tacked on the final goal of the afternoon on Hartsoe's second assist of the afternoon in the 69th minute.

The Tigers held a 18-4 advantage in shots and had nine shots on goal to the Beavers' 1.  Lightfoot led the Tigers with four shots, two on goal, followed by Ball with three. Bryan Lambdin had two shots, one on goal, for the Beavers.

Derek Williams started in goal for the Tigers and didn't face a shot on goal while Conrad Bandoroff started the second half and made a save. Blackburn starting keeper Jake Peters made four saves.