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Late Goals Push Panthers Past Men's Soccer

Joel Friesen (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
Joel Friesen (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Late goals in the second half lifted Birmingham Southern to a 2-1 victory over the Covenant men's soccer team on Saturday night in non-conference action.

The loss snaps Covenant's five-match unbeaten streak dating back to Sept. 10. The Scots stand at 6-3-1 overall on the year. Birmingham Southern improves to 6-1-1 on the season.

After a scoreless first half, Covenant struck first in the second half. Joel Friesen notched his fifth goal of the year in the 55th minute giving the Scots a 1-0 edge. Friesen now leads the team in goals for the year.

The lead would last until the 69th minute when Birmingham Southern's Patrick Erickson knocked in the equalizer, off an assist from Spencer Nichols. The host Panthers then took the lead for good in the 84th minute when Josh Wild's header found the back of the net, assisted by Dominik Faber, giving Birmingham Southern a 2-1 advantage.

Covenant had two shot attempts in the final five minutes of play, but could not tie the score. The Scots outshot Birmingham Southern 17-9 for the match and 8-6 in shots on goal. Covenant keeper Daniel Kubin made three saves, while the Panthers' Jonas Heidrich made six saves.

Friesen led Covenant with five shots, while Hunter Brock and Danny Knight each had four shot attempts.

Covenant will return to USA South play on Tuesday when they travel to face Maryville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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