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Panthers Dominate Huntingdon, Win 5-1 in Opener

Panthers Dominate Huntingdon, Win 5-1 in Opener

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern men's soccer routed Huntingdon College 5-1 Thursday night at Berylson Soccer Park.  The Panthers are 1-0 on the year.

It took less than nine minutes for BSC to get on the board. Senior Patrick Erickson (Washington, D.C./St. Stephens & St. Agnes School) scored the Panthers first goal of the season.  He took a pass from fellow senior Spencer Nichols (Jacksonville, Fla./Christ's Church Academy) and placed it past Hawk keeper Eathan Small.

BSC went up 2-0 on a header from junior Adam Clausen (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal HS). Redirecting a pass from sophomore Brother Swagler (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook HS) on the left side, Clausen slipped the ball to the opposite side of the goal and in.

With a foul in the box 4:30 minutes into the second half, senior Dallas Coyne (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia HS) took the penalty kick and put the Panthers up 3-0.

BSC earned a second penalty kick with 34:57 on the clock.  Sophomore Luke Hambleton (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee HS) drilled it in to give BSC the 4-0 lead.

The Panthers extended their lead to 5-0 after senior Ryan Gill (Franklin, Tenn./Brentwood HS) headed in a corner kick from junior Trey O'Bryant (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge HS).

Junior Marvin Castellanos (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Stetson University) earned the start for BSC.  He spent 71 minutes in goal. He and the defense allowed only two shots while he was in the net.  Huntingdon (0-1) scored its lone goal with a minute left.

The Panthers host the BSC Labor Day Classic this weekend at Berylson Soccer Park.  They will face Franklin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 and then Louisiana College on Monday, Sept. 5 also at 2:30 p.m.