BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A strong second half propelled the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team to a 4-1 conference victory over Oglethorpe, Friday evening at Preston Goldfarb Field at Berylson Soccer Park.
Fueled by two second-half goals each from junior Bastian Jedliczka and sophomore Dominik Faber, the Panthers improved to 8-2-1 on the season and 2-1 in Southern Athletic Association play. Oglethorpe falls to 5-8-1 for the year and a 0-3 conference mark.
Down by a score in the 66th minute, the Panther offensive onslaught began with a Jedliczka penalty kick to even the match. Two minutes later BSC tacked on the go-ahead score with a goal from the right side from Faber off an assist from junior Claudio Lipp.
With Oglethorpe trying to claw its way back into the match, two saves in a four-second span from senior goalkeeper Jonas Heidrich kept Oglethorpe at bay. With an Oglethorpe attacker streaking down the center of the pitch, Heidrich not only stopped the initial shot but from his knees also kept out the shot off the rebound.
Another goal from Faber in the 75th minute, his fourth of the season, expanded the BSC lead to 3-1. Jedliczka earned the final goal of the night in the 83rd minute off an assist from sophomore Conner Quiggle. The final goal was Jedliczka's team-leading eighth of the year and gave him his second multi-goal match of the season.
The Panthers earned more saves than Oglethorpe with a 5-3 advantage in the category, took eight corner kicks compared to three for the visitors, and committed only eight fouls to 11 for Oglethorpe.
BSC will host Berry on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m.