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Strong First Half Lifts @CentreSoccer to 4-1 SAA Quarterfinal Win over BSC

Strong First Half Lifts @CentreSoccer to 4-1 SAA Quarterfinal Win over BSC

DANVILLE, KY. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's soccer team scored three unanswered first half goals and never looked back, cruising to a 4-1 victory over visiting Birmingham Southern in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) quarterfinal matchup on Saturday afternoon at Hillside Field.

The fourth-seeded Colonels boost their record to 12-5 on the year with the win, while the No. 5 Panthers fall to 9-6-1 on the season.

Centre now advances to the conference semifinals for the sixth straight year. The Colonels will take on top-seeded Oglethorpe on Friday, Nov. 4 in Atlanta. The Stormy Petrels topped No. 8 Hendrix 5-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Centre got on the board in the 19th minute of action when junior defender Caleb Vogel (Shelbyville, Ky.) found the back of the net off the assist by senior midfielder Phil Shehan (Orlando, Fla.).

Just over two minutes later, junior defender Ian Williams (Versailles, Ky.) put the Colonels up 2-0 with a goal off the feed by sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Spade (Frankfort, Ky.).

Centre would push its lead to 3-0 in the 30th minute of play when junior forward Noah Wesley-Chevalier (Cincinnati, Ohio) dished out a pass off his back heel to a rushing Shehan for the blast to the back of the net.

Just over four minutes into the second half, Shehan netted his second score of the day off the assist by junior midfielder Brandon Schweder (Lexington, Ky.) to put the Colonels on top 4-0 early in the stanza.

Birmingham Southern would answer with a quick goal by Jackson Lynn to shrink the Centre lead to 4-1.

That would prove to be the last score of the day, as the Colonels held on for the postseason triumph.

Centre held a 20-15 shooting edge in the win, including a 13-7 advantage in the first half. Corner kicks were an even 8-8 in the match.

Spade finished with five saves between the pipes for the Colonels.

Shehan now paces the SAA in both goals (11) and points (25). He now has three multi-goal matches on the year, scoring a goal in six of the last seven contests.

Game time for Friday's semifinal matchup has yet to be announced. Check back to CentreColonels.com as well as Centre Athletics' social media platforms for game times and other information regarding the SAA men's soccer tournament.