COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team lost its first SCAC contest on Friday with a 2-1 loss to Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The Panthers fall to 6-4 with the loss, while the Tigers move to 7-2-3.
Colorado College's Chris Lutz scored the first two goals of the game. The Tigers got on the board in the seventh minute off a misplayed ball out of the Panthers' defensive third of the field, and Lutz scored CC's second goal in the 19th minute off a cross that was played into the box and knocked out to the penalty spot and then shot and finished. During that time, the Panthers had three one-on-one opportunities with the goalkeeper that couldn't be tucked away.
BSC finally scored in the 31st minute from a Brynjar Arnason cross and a finishing header by Emil Saevarsson. Playing in a 15mph sustained south to north wind, the Panthers continued to knock on the door. Panther goalkeeper Sveinbjo Grimsson almost scored as he served a wind-aided ball up the field. The ball bounced over the Colorado keeper, who had to make a tremendous tip to touch the ball over the crossbar.
In the second half, the Panthers outshot the Tigers 9-4 and controlled the game all over the field. BSC again had several strong shots at goal but most were wide or high. Time continued to tick away without an equalizer, and the Tigers still led 2-1 when time expired.
The Panthers will travel from Colorado Springs to Conway, Ark., on Saturday, and BSC faces Hendrix College at 2 p.m. on Sunday.