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Birmingham Southern Holds Off Late Scots Rally

Noah Wiersema (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
Noah Wiersema (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's soccer team fell behind by two goals in the second half, but rallied late only to fall short in the end as visiting Birmingham Southern defeated the Scots 2-1 on Wednesday night at Scotland Yard.

Covenant drops its fourth straight to move to 1-4 overall on the year. Birmingham Southern remains unbeaten with its 5-0-1 record.

After a tight, scoreless first half, action picked up in the second period. The visiting Panthers struck first when Spencer Nichols found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Nichols' goal was assisted by Cody Santos. In the 70th minute, the Panthers went ahead 2-0 on Scott Funston's score from the right side of the 18-yard box, assisted by Brother Swagler. Each goal was the second of the year for Nichols and Funston.

Covenant kept chipping away, though, and finally broke through in the 87th minute. Henry Paris connected with Tim Love who headed the ball into the net from inside the 6-yard box to draw the Scots to within 2-1. The goal for Love was his first collegiate score, while Paris picked up his first career assist.

The Scots kept the pressure up in the final minutes, but would not be able to get off another shot attempt as the Panthers took the victory.

Birmingham Southern outshot Covenant 11-6 and 5-3 in shots on goal. Bryce Bartelt led Covenant with three shots attempted, while Nichols had three for the Panthers.

Covenant keeper Daniel Kubin and his counterpart, Marvin Castellanos, each made one save. Covenant's goal snapped a scoreless streak for Birmingham Southern that spanned across six matches and over 468 minutes of game time.


Covenant begins a three-match road trip on Saturday at SAA foe Millsaps. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EDT in Jackson, Miss.


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