SEWANEE, Tenn.—Courtesy of four goals from junior Bastian Jedliczka, the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team held on to defeat Sewanee, 4-3, Sunday afternon at Puett Field.
The Panthers move to 10-3-1 overall and 4-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Tigers fall to 5-9-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the SAA. BSC now stands at second in the league standings. With a win against Hendrix next weekend, and a Millsaps loss to Rhodes, the Panthers can clinch the regular season title.
Today's game was a physical one, with 40 fouls, six yellow cards, and a red card against Sewanee. BSC jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Jedliczka scored twice in the sixth and seventh minutes. The first goal was assisted by sophomore Dominik Faber and junior Claudio Lipp, and the second by junior Patrick Fox.
Sewanee cut the deficit to one less than 10 minutes later on a goal from Reed Dowdy, but the Panthers pulled ahead 3-1 in the 29th minute on a penalty kick from Jedliczka.
The Tigers cut it to 3-2 in the 53rd minute on a goal by Ramsey Seagle, and had an opportunity to tie things up in the 66th minute with a penalty kick that went wide. BSC scored just over a minute later with Jedliczka's fourth goal, off a cross from Faber, to put the Panthers up 4-2.
Playing a man down after a red card, Sewanee responded with a goal in the 69th minute, and the Tigers kept pushing on the attack, but senior BSC keeper Jonas Heidrich preserved the one-goal lead, stopping four shots down the stretch.
Sewanee out-shot BSC 17-13, although the Panthers held the shots-on-goal advantage, 7-6. The Tigers also finished with a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
BSC returns home for the regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 1, hosting Hendrix at noon on Preston Goldfarb Field at Berylson Park. It will be Senior Day for the Panthers' four seniors.