Wild game-winner propels BSC past Covenant, 2-1

Josh Wild (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Josh Wild (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—It was a wild one on the Hilltop tonight as the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team topped the Scots of Covenant College, 2-1, in a thrilling comeback victory.

The Panthers are now 6-1-1 on the season as they finish up non-conference play and gear up for Southern Athletic Association action next weekend. The Scots fall to 6-3-1.

After a scoreless first half, Covenant took several consecutive shots that were blocked but kept ending up back at the feet of the shooter who finally scored - Joel Friesen - in the 55th minute.

BSC equalized in the 69th minute after sophomore Spencer Nichols shot the ball near post where Covenant's defenders and goalkeeper converged to make a save. Sophomore Patrick Erickson entered the mix on the goal line as well and rammed the ball over the line through the crowd. The Panthers continued to put pressure on the Covenant team and, in the 84th minute, sophomore Josh Wild came forward from the back line and headed sophomore Dominik Faber's corner kick in for the game-winning goal.

Senior Jonas Heidrich played 90 minutes in goal for the Panthers and recorded six saves, including an outstanding breakaway save while the game was still tied. Daniel Kubin played the entire game for the Scots and recorded three saves. Covenant held the advantage in shots (17-9), shots on goal (8-6), and corner kicks (6-1).

BSC begins SAA play next weekend against Millsaps for Homecoming weekend, kicking off Saturday, Oct. 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Preston Goldfarb Field.