Panthers take first game on their N.C. swing

Box Score 

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s soccer team (2-2-1) scored early and often this afternoon as they defeated the Methodist University Monarchs, 5-2 on the road in Fayetteville. 

Alicia Plotky got things rolling for BSC in the 8th minute off a cross from Serena Murphy, putting the ball past MU keeper Sara Altman.  Things continued smoothly into the 21st minute when Murphy got a goal of her own, this time from Plotky and Lindsay Miller.  A momentary slip-up on the defensive end allowed Methodist to get on the board right before halftime, leaving the Panthers up 2-1 at the break.

BSC made a couple of adjustments during the intermission which helped keep the Monarchs off their game in the second half.  Lindsey Miller scored BSC’s third goal in the 57th minute off a strong ball into the box from Serena Murphy.  Patricia George got into the act four minutes later on a nice give-and-go from the upper left corner from Claire Hooten.  The goal was George’s first since 2006.  Serena Murphy became the sole player to net more than one goal in the 62nd minute off a breakaway for the unassisted exclamation point on the afternoon for the Panthers.

The Monarchs were able to sneek a late goal past the far post in the 80th minute, but it was too little too late for MU.  Coach Benji Walton was very pleased with his forward’s offensive production on the day.  “Plotky, Murphy, Miller, and Carter all played particularly well up top today.  We’ve been frustrated with our goal scoring so far this season, and to get this kind of production against a team as respected as Methodist’s is a real credit to the hard work we’ve put in so far.”  Serena Murphy credits her teammates, “Everybody seemed to connect passes well today, we really anticipated where everyone was going to be and the score reflects that.”

The Panthers continue their trip through the Tar Heel State on Monday, when they face-off with Greensboro College.  Game time is scheduled for 1:00 CST.