LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- For the first time this season, the Covenant men's soccer team dropped a home match. The Scots answered an early first half goal, but visiting Birmingham Southern pulled away for a 3-1 victory on Friday evening at Scotland Yard.
Covenant falls to 4-2 overall, while Birmingham Southern goes to 5-1-1.
The visiting Panthers struck early as Luke Hambleton scored from short range in the fifth minute of action. However, Covenant responded quickly to even the score. Jesse Riggs played the ball through the middle where Mercer Stout collected and then scored from inside the box to make it 1-1 in the sixth minute.
The goal was Stout's first of the year and Riggs was credited with his first assist.
Covenant controlled the pace for much of the first half, and outshot the Panthers 12-5 in the period, but could not capitalize on opportunities. Birmingham Southern took the lead for good in the 42nd minute when Christian Hernandez's initial shot was saved by Covenant keeper Paul Lemay, but Hernandez kicked in the rebound to give the Panthers a 2-1 edge.
The second half saw a stronger defensive effort on both ends. Birmingham Southern got the final tally in the 61st minute as Brother Swagler's shot was saved by Lemay, but the deflection was knocked in the goal by the Scots.
Covenant put three shots on target in the second half and all three were saved by Birmingham Southern keeper Galen Curry. Curry made six saves on the day, while Lemay tallied five.
Covenant will host Brevard for a USA South match on Saturday. Kickoff for the Homecoming contest is set for 7 p.m.
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