CONWAY, Ark.—A conference tournament championship is now a single victory away for the Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team, as the Panthers shut out Centre College, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Southern Athletic Association Championship in Conway, Ark.
Second-seeded BSC moved to 13-3-1 in its fourth-straight win, while third-seeded Centre fell to 8-4-6. The Panthers will face fifth-seeded Berry in tomorrow's title match, kicking off at 1 p.m. on Warrior Field. The Vikings upset fourth-seeded Rhodes on Friday, 1-0, and top-seeded Millsaps today, also 1-0, to advance to the championship game.
Defense ruled the day as both teams combined for a mere nine shots on goal, with BSC holding the 5-4 edge in the category. Senior goalkeeper Jonas Heidrich anchored the defensive effort and tallied his fifth complete match shut-out of the season in the win.
The lone goal of the match came in the 36th minute off a junior Bastian Jedliczka penalty kick. Sophomore Dominik Faber drew a foul in the box leading to Jedliczka's SAA-leading 17th goal of the season, and third of the conference tournament, accounting for all Panther goals on the weekend thus far.
Sunday's title game will feature free live video and live stats, available here.