CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team found the back of the net early and often in a 3-0 shutout victory over host Hendrix College, Saturday evening in Conway, Ark.
BSC improves to 9-4-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, which places the Panthers in sole possession of third place in the conference standings heading into the home stretch of conference play. Hendrix falls to 4-8-2 overall and remains winless at 0-4 in conference action.
All three BSC goals came in the first half and the Panthers wasted no time claiming the lead, scoring two goals off the first three shots of the match. In the second minute of play, senior Brooks Busby found freshman Dylan Rose for the first goal of the match. The score was also Rose's first in conference action. Four minutes later, Busby was on the receiving end of an assist from freshman Josh Wild for his fourth goal of the season, also his first of conference play. The assist was the first for Wild on the season. In the 42nd minute the Panthers culminated their scoring efforts with a goal from senior Kristjan Bryde, his fourth of the season, off senior Tobias Winter's fifth assist of the season.
The shutout, BSC's sixth of the season, was keyed by a defensive effort that yielded only ten shots and a stellar performance from junior goalkeeper Jonas Heidrich that saw him save three Hendrix shots on goal.
Each team took three corner kicks apiece. BSC was whistled for four more fouls than Hendrix, 15-11.
BSC heads to Georgia for its next two matches, starting with a 3 p.m. conference tilt against Oglethorpe on Friday, Oct. 25 in Atlanta. Sunday, Oct. 27, the Panthers will take on Berry at noon in Rome, Ga. BSC wraps up the regular season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, against Millsaps in Jackson, Miss.