BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Playing on the newly-named Preston Goldfarb Field, the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team opened its Southern Athletic Association slate with a 3-0 shutout victory against Rhodes College, Saturday afternoon.
BSC is now 7-3-1 overall with a 1-0 SAA mark. The Lynx move to 5-5 on the season and 0-1 in the SAA.
The win was preceded by a ceremony to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of 31-year head coach Preston Goldfarb by naming the field in his honor. As part of the soccer program's Alumni Weekend, Goldfarb was flanked by players, past and present, for the ceremony, as well as his wife and two children. Athletic Director Joe Dean, Jr., and BSC President Gen. Charles Krulak presented a plaque at midfield to commemorate the occasion honoring the coach that has built and led the program to unparalleled success at three levels of competition: NAIA, NCAA Division I, and NCAA Division III.
Goldfarb's squad then took the field and gave their coach another win to add to his already distinguished resume. After a scoreless opening 30 minutes, senior Tobias Winter found freshman Conner Quiggle for the contest's opening goal. Less than a minute later Quiggle returned the favor and fed Winter for a goal to build the two-goal advantage the Panthers would take into the half.
In the 59th minute of play senior Brooks Busby hit a streaking Winter down the sideline for Winter's second goal of the match. It is the third time this year the senior has tallied two goals and an assist in a match.
The Panthers out-shot the Lynx 12-11 with a game-high four coming from junior Johannes Loeffler. BSC's starting goalkeeper junior Jonas Heidrich saved five shots and combined with his replacement, freshman Louis Fagelson, gave the Panthers their fifth shutout of the season.
The Panthers return to action next weekend at Goldfarb Field, hosting a pair of SAA tilts. BSC will face Centre College on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m., and Sewanee visits town at noon on Sunday, Oct. 13.