DANVILLE, Ky. – The Birmingham-Southern men's soccer team was eliminated from the Southern Athletic Association Tournament on Saturday, falling to the Centre Colonels 8-2 in the quarterfinals.
After the opening 45 minutes ended all tied up, Birmingham-Southern (6-9-1, 2-5-0 SAA) surrendered six goals to Centre (14-3-1, 6-1-0 SAA) in the second half, dropping the Panthers out of the tournament.
The Colonels opened up the match with two goals in the third and 12th minutes, but BSC regrouped and equalized before halftime with goals from sophomore forward Christian Hernandez (Fort Payne, Ala./Fort Payne HS) and freshman forward Coleman Jennings (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS).
In the 30th minute, Hernandez took advantage of a long ball from Rafael Millan (Fort Payne, Ala./Fort Payne HS) and beat his defenders to pull BSC back 2-1. Then in the 43rd minute, Jennings beat the Centre keeper with a well-placed shot, made possible by an assist from Jackson Lynn (Homewood, Ala./Homewood HS).
Tied up at 2-2 at the break, the momentum the Panthers carried into halftime did not transition into the second half. BSC was outshot 23-3 in the final 45 minutes and saw six shots end up in the back of its net.
Senior goalkeeper Kurt Moore (Euharlee, Ga./Darlington School) finished the match with 11 saves. Offensively the Panthers had nine shots and four shots on goal, as well as two corner kicks.
With the loss, Birmingham-Southern concludes its 2019 campaign with a final 6-9-1 overall record.
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