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.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • 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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.

QUOTABLES

  • "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."

UP NEXT

  • 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.