No. 7 Emory hands BSC first loss of 2014

Patrick Fox (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Patrick Fox (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—With two late goals, No. 7 Emory University defeated the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team, 2-0, Wednesday evening on Preston Goldfarb Field at Berylson Park.

BSC, ranked fourth in the South Atlantic region, falls to 5-1-1 for its first loss of the year, while the Eagles move to 8-0-1 and remain unbeaten with their eighth straight win.

BSC had two shots on goal in the first half and Emory had three, and the Eagles out-shot the Panthers 10-5, but the score stood at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of intense play. The second half was more of the same for the first 30 minutes, with the teams battling for possession and seeing a handful of opportunities, which were either cleared by defenders or saved.

The Eagles finally broke the scoring drought in the 76th minute when Sebastian Hardington scored his third goal of the year (and third game-winner) off an assist from Jason Andrejchak.

Less than five minutes later, the Panthers were issued two quick yellow cards, one a result of a foul inside the box, giving Emory a chance at a penalty kick. Dylan Price sent the ball past BSC keeper Jonas Heidrich to put the Eagles up 2-0, a lead they held for the remainder of the game.

Emory out-shot BSC overall 14-10, 6-4 on-goal, but corner kicks were even at three for each team. Heidrich and Eagles keeper Abe Hannigan each made four saves.

The Panthers are at home again this Saturday, Sept. 27, hosting Covenant College at 7 p.m. on Goldfarb Field.