ATLANTA, Ga. – A goal in double overtime in the 106th minute of play was how the Panthers lost against the number one seed in the SAA tournament, Oglethorpe. A heartbreaking loss ends the Panthers season.
The first half was filled with shots and corner kicks. The entire first half was very offensively driven. The Panthers recorded the first two shots and corner kicks of the game, but came up empty. After that the Stormy Petrels would try their chance at converting on scoring chances. With five shots in the first half and a couple of corner kicks Oglethorpe had plenty of opportunities to score but did not show for it. Jack Hunt held his ground in goal and denied every chance in the first half.
Birmingham-Southern and Oglethorpe went to halftime tied 0-0.
The second half was more physical as both teams compiled 10 fouls in the second half, including three yellow cards given out. In the 60th minute Jack Hunt fouled a Petrel in the box and Oglethorpe was awarded a penalty kick. They would convert and take a 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead would only last 23 seconds. Still in the 60th minute Coleman Jennings netted a goal on a pass from Pirmin Blattmann. The Panthers were right back in the game and started to gain some momentum. BSC out shot Oglethorpe 12-8 in the second half but could only get one shot to find the back of the net. Both back lines and keepers held strong every scoring chance not allowing the other to get another goal.
The teams ended regulation tied 1-1 and would go to overtime.
Birmingham-Southern possessed the ball for most of the first overtime period and again out shot the Stormy Petrels, this time 4-2. Again nothing would fall for either team and they would head to a second overtime period.
This period was a bit more defensive from both teams, until the 106th minute. Oglethorpe netted a goal, broke the Panther’s hearts and ultimately ended their season. The Panthers had the number one seed on the roped put could not upset Oglethorpe.
Birmingham-Southern, 8-8-1 Overall, Oglethorpe 8-6-1 Overall
The loss concludes the Panther men’s soccer 2021 season.