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October 22, 2011

Men's Soccer falls to No. 25 Oglethorpe on the road, 3-2

ATLANTA—The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team lost a tough road match on Saturday to No. 25 Oglethorpe University, 3-2, in Atlanta.

The Panthers fall to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the SCAC, while the Stormy Petrels move to 13-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play.

Oglethorpe started the scoring with a goal in the 25th minute by Nikos Papanikolopoul. BSC thought they had tied the game off a Tony Crocker goal, but it was called back due to an offsides call. BSC succeeded in tying the game in the 42nd minute off a long ball played into the box by Brynjar Arnason off a free kick. Senior Tyler Evans went up and flicked the ball over the Oglethorpe goalkeeper to score his eighth goal of the season.

Oglethorpe answered three minutes later to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. The Petrels looked to put the game out of reach with a goal in the 65th minute, but the Panthers continued to push and in the 84th minute Evans placed a ball across the face of the goal and senior Garner Shivers shot and scored his ninth goal of the season. The Panthers thought they had a penalty called in the Oglethorpe box when Evans looked to be pushed down from behind on a cross inside the six yard box, but no call. Time expired with Oglethorpe on top, 3-2.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sveinbo Grimsson made seven saves for the Panthers in 90 minutes. Oglethorpe out-shot BSC 18-6 overall and 10-4 on-goal.

BSC returns home next weekend for the first time since Oct. 2, taking on Sewanee, Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., and Centre, Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.