BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern Panthers defeated the Southwestern Pirates 3-2 today in overtime at BSC Soccer Park. The win improves BSC to 7-5-0 on the season while Southwestern fell to 7-3-1.
The Pirates got on the board early in the third minute to take the 1-0 lead, which they held onto for the entire half. The Panthers were able to get six shots at the Pirate goal in the period, but Cheryl Duncan kept everything out of the net and kept the Panthers scoreless in the frame.
Three minutes into the second half, however, the Panther's offense woke up. #Sara Menton# connected with a feed from #Linda Amaya# to tie the match at 1-1 in the 48th-minute, and #Lydia Rice# scored off a free kick in the 61st to put the Panthers up 2-1.
The Pirates re-tied the score in the 67th-minute at two goals apiece. The Panthers were unable to retake the lead in the period, though #Serena Murphy# came very close in the final minute of regulation with a shot that rolled just wide right of the post to force the game into overtime.
Both teams continued to battle into the extra time, but the Panthers came out on top thanks to a #Linda Amaya# goal from #Alicia Plotky#.
"This was a really tough weekend for our team, playing two top-ten regional teams", said Head Coach Benji Walton. "Southwestern came into the game ranked 10th in the West Region, with Trinity ranked second in the region and sixth in the nation. This really was a good measuring stick for us, playing two of the best teams in the league and coming away with this win."
The Panthers will return to the field this Friday, but they'll be doing it on Hawaiian time. BSC will travel to Laie to take on BYU-Hawai'i before heading to Kaneohe on Saturday to face Hawai'i Pacific University. Game times are set for 3:00 Central both days. Aloha!