BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s soccer team shut-out the visiting Auburn Montgomery Senators 5-0 tonight at BSC Soccer Park, the win improves the Panthers to 6-4-2 on the season. The NAIA Senators fell to 14-6-1.
The Panthers did a good job controlling the tempo of the match early, forcing the Senators to spend much of the half on defense. BSC got things rolling offensively in the 6th-minute when Lydia Rice connected with Linda Amaya on the left side for the early goal. The Panther defense prevented AUM from doing much on their end of the pitch, the Senators were able only to get three shots off in the frame compared to four-times that for the Panthers. Southern struck again in the 12th-minute. Alicia Plotky found herself all alone with the keeper after beating her defender off the mark and quickly placed the ball in the back of the net to give BSC the 2-0 lead going into the intermission.
Alicia Plotky opened the second half just as see ended the first, breaking out of the pack to score her second goal of the match just 25 seconds into the period, putting BSC up 3-0. After allowing the quick goal, AUM tried to get their footing back and forced BSC back on the defensive side of the ball, but the Panthers kept the pressure on. Lindsay Miller joined in the offensive effort in the 54th-minute off a rebounded ball from the keeper. The match remained 4-0 until Serena Murphy slip the fifth, and final, goal of the match past the AUM keeper in the 62nd.
The game was Alicia Plotky’s first two-goal match in her young career. “I’m just glad to get the win,” said Plotky. Coach Walton had a bit more to say, “this was a really good win for us tonight. We’ve got a really tough game coming up this week and it was nice to get that second-in-a-row to build up some momentum toward that.” The Panthers will be on the road at Maryville College on Thursday. Game-time is set for 6:00 from Maryville, Tennessee.