Men's Soccer remains undefeated with 3-1 win over Marietta

Kristjan Bryde
Kristjan Bryde

WILMINGTON, Ohio—The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team moved to 4-0 on the season with a 3-1 win against Marietta College, Saturday, at the Wilmington College Kiwanis Classic in Wilmington, Ohio.

The game was closer than the final score showed, with BSC's last two goals coming in the 83rd and 86th minutes.

The first half was scoreless, although Marietta took four shots on goal in the first 45 minutes which were saved by junior BSC keeper Jonas Heidrich. The Panthers turned it around in the second half, scoring in the 57th minute. Freshman Josh Wild took a shot that was deflected, resulting in BSC's first corner kick of the game. Senior Kristjan Bryde played the corner in and, after a few deflections, senior Tobias Winter headed the ball into the back of Marietta's goal.

BSC seemed to be in control of the game until the 65th minute, when a Marietta through ball brought Heidrich out of the box to try and clean up the play. Marietta found the ball first and sent it into the goal, tying the game at 1-1.

The Panthers surged at the end of the game and struck again in the 83rd minute when Bryde again connected with Winter's head to put BSC up 2-1. The Panthers were not done, though, as Winter returned the favor to Bryde, who took the pass and finished the ball left-footed from about the penalty spot, giving BSC the 3-1 lead.

BSC led shots-on-goal with eight compared to Marietta's seven. Corner kicks were the Panthers' sweet spot today, as they scored off two of their five. Heidrich made six saves in the Panther net while Marietta's goalkeeper recorded five saves.

"We haven't started the season 4-0 in a long time and it feels great to win these two games on the road," Head Coach Preston Goldfarb said. "We were sluggish but as this team has done all season, they never gave up."

The Panthers are back at home next weekend hosting the BSC Invitational, where they will face LeTourneau on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m., and LaGrange on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m.