MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A two-goal game from Coleman Jennings was not enough in the Panthers pivotal regular season finale. A penalty kick in the 86th minute was the difference in the game.
The Panthers and Lynx played an even first half as neither team could find the back of the net. Birmingham-Southern out shot Rhodes 10-6 in the first half, while Rhodes edged BSC in corner kicks 2-1. The Panthers kept the Lynx goalkeeper busy in the first half forcing him to make six saves.
The scoring began in the 51st minute when Rhodes netted a goal. Quickly after the goal BSC responded. Jennings scored his first goal of the game in the 53rd minute on an assist from Raz Velez. The Panthers and Lynx would continue to go back-and-forth until Rhodes broke the tie with a goal in the 74th minute. Once again moments later Coleman Jennings found the back of the net again, this time on an assist from Trey Hines.
As the game started to tick down the urgency for a goal kicked in for both teams. BSC fouled a Rhodes player in the 18-yard box, resulting in a Rhodes penalty kick. The penalty kick was converted successfully. Trialing 3-2 with four minutes to go. The Panthers fought to get another goal but could not find time or space to get a shot off.
The Panthers fell 3-2 in the final regular season game of the season. They will now await the seeding for the SAA tournament.
Birmingham-Southern 7-7-1 Overall (3-3-1 SAA), Rhodes 9-5-1 Overall (4-2-1 SAA)
The Panthers will await the seeding for the SAA Tournament before they find out their opponents. The tournament opens up on Saturday, Oct. 30.