BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team opened up the BSC Labor Day Classic and the 2017 season with a hard-fought victory over Randolph College, defeating the Wildcats 2-1.
The game remained scoreless through the first 45 minutes, but the Panthers broke the stalemate in the 52nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Hepp's unassisted goal early in the second half put the Panthers on top 1-0. Hepp, who finished with four shots-on-goal, went on to score again on an assist from junior defender Luke Hambleton with 18:30 remaining in the match. Hepp's second goal of the game proved pivotal for the BSC victory.
With just under five minutes remaining, a Panthers foul gave the Wildcats a penalty kick opportunity. Randolph's Adam Watson converted from the spot to cut BSC's lead to one goal, but it was too little too late for Randolph. The Panthers kept the Wildcats out of the net for the rest of the match to secure 2-1 season-opening win.
Birmingham-Southern outshot Randolph 10-8 and junior goalkeeper Galen Curry finished with four saves.
The Panthers return to Goldfarb Field on Saturday to face Sewanee and cap the BSC Labor Day Classic. Kickoff is set for 4:30 P.M.