Panthers hold off Covenant, 2-1, to remain unbeaten

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team held off a late rally by the Covenant Scots to win, 2-1, and remain unbeaten Wednesday evening at Scotland Yard in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

The Panthers move to 5-0-1, while the Scots fall to 1-4.


  • After a scoreless first half, the Panthers struck in the 52nd minute when junior Spencer Nichols scored his second goal of the year off an assist from senior Cody Santos.
  • BSC went ahead 2-0 in the 70th minute on senior Scott Funston's score, also his second of the season, from the right side of the 18-yard box, assisted by freshman Brother Swagler.
  • Covenant finally broke through in the 87th minute when Henry Paris connected with Tim Love who headed the ball in from inside the six-yard box.
  • The Scots were not able to get another shot off in the waning minutes of the game, clinching the victory for BSC.


  • BSC out-shot Covenant 11-6, including 5-3 on-goal; Nichols led with three shots.
  • Junior goalkeeper Marvin Castellanos recorded one save, as did Covenant keeper Daniel Kubin.
  • The Scots' goal snapped a scoreless streak for BSC that spanned six matches and over 468 minutes of game time.
  • Prior to the game, the Covenant program honored BSC Head Coach Preston Goldfarb, who is in his final season at BSC before he retires at the end of the year.


  • "It's been an honor and a privilege to play against teams coached by [Covenant Head Coach] Nathan Pifer, and once again I want to thank him for always showing such class," Goldfarb said. "The tribute he gave me before the game speaks volumes to the gentleman that he is."


  • The Panthers return home this weekend to host the BSC Invitational, facing Anderson College on Friday at 5 p.m., and Brooklyn College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Preston Goldfarb Field.