JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The BSC Women’s Soccer team competed in their only spring competition Saturday, April 18th in a 7 aside tournament hosted by Jacksonville State University. The tournament field included Division I Jacksonville State University, Troy University, and Kennesaw State University. BSC team was the only Division III team in the round robin tournament.
In game one BSC tied host Jacksonville State 1-1 with a late goal from #Emmy Hollis#. The Panthers then won their next two games versus both JSU alumni teams with scores of 2-1 and 3-1. In the first win #Lydia Rice# found the net twice for the Panthers and in the second alumni game newcomer Devon Weldon scored two while Rice added another.
The panthers keep their winning streak alive by posting two more shutout wins first against Auburn-Montgomery, #Alicia Plotky# stole the ball from the AUM keeper to finish the open net to give BSC the 1-0 win.
Then against Kennesaw State University, Weldon added to her tally by intercepting a pass from a KSU defender to the keeper and blasting it to the back of the net, giving the Panthers their second straight 1-0 win.
The wins set up a championship matchup with Troy University in the Panther’s final match. Both teams came into the would-be championship game undefeated. The Panthers got on the board first with a goal by #Linda Amaya# in the first three minutes of the match; however, they were unable to keep the lead long. Troy found the net three times to defeat the Panthers 3-1. #Amber Hernandez# had a phenomenal day in goal for the Panthers and was a huge reason for the Panthers success.
The second-place finish was an extremely strong showing for BSC. Overall, the Panthers posted a 4-1-1 record for the day and outscored their opponents 9-6, with two shutouts. Three of the opposing goals came in the final game, with Hernandez allowing just three goals in the other five matches.
Coach Walton had this to say, “This was a great result for these girls. We came into this tournament with a focus on learning how to play as a team and doing the little things both offensively and defensively that would give us the opportunities to put us in a position to win. We were specific about not worrying about wins and losses, we knew if we could win the small battles on the field that the wins would take care of themselves and that is exactly what they did. We have a young group and I am extremely proud of not just how we finished but how hard we competed.”