September 6, 2013

Two late goals lift BSC past Wilmington, 2-0

WILMINGTON, Ohio—Two late goals helped the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Wilmington, Friday evening in the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Panthers move to 3-0 on the season, while the Quakers fall to 0-3.

The first half was scoreless for both teams, with the Panthers getting off seven shots, two of those on-goal. Nearly 40 minutes of the second half had ticked by before a goal was scored, with freshman Dallas Coyne sending a shot from about 30 yards out that left the Wilmington goalkeeper standing as the ball found the back of the net. Less than a minute later freshman Spencer Nichols received a through ball from junior Johannes Loeffler and went one-on-one with the keeper at an angle on the left side of the goal. Nichols shot, but the shot was saved and deflected, after which Nichols followed the deflection on the save, beat one more player, and slotted the ball into the left corner of the goal.

Junior goalkeeper Jonas Heidrich played all 90 minutes, recording five saves in his second shutout on the season. Senior Tobias Winter led BSC with five of its 14 shots.

"It took a while to adjust to the height and thickness of the grass," Head Coach Preston Goldfarb said. "We finally found our rhythm and weathered the Wilmington storm and our fitness took over at the end of the game. Our back line played very well, our goalkeeping was solid, our midfielders were the engine, and our strikers work hard offensively and defensively. This was a solid win for us tonight."

The Panthers will face Marietta tomorrow in the Classic at 5 p.m. Eastern.