LYNCHBURG, Va.—The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team opened up its 2011 campaign at the Shellenberger Soccer Classic, hosted by Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., with a 2-1 loss against Roanoke College.
The first game of the season was a back-and-forth battle between both squads in hot and muggy conditions. The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard first in the contest at the 15:31 mark. Senior Linda Amaya gained the ball at midfield and dribbled through the Roanoke defense, finding the feet of senior teammate Alicia Plotky. Plotky escaped a few defenders, managing to keep the ball at her feet and found the back of the net after a long, driven shot for the early score. The Panthers held a 1-0 lead for the next 15 minutes until Roanoke gained an equalizer off a defensive miscue by 'Southern.
The score was tied at halftime, and the second half proved to be as intense as the first, as both sides had numerous chances to go ahead in the game. The Panthers weathered a momentum shift from Roanoke in the beginning of the second half. However, at the 84-minute mark, Roanoke found the back of the net to take the lead late in the game. BSC mounted their own fury of offensive chances shortly thereafter, managing three shots in the final two minutes of play, all of which the Roanoke keeper made saves on to preserve the win.
The Panthers will take the field tomorrow to face 18th-ranked tournament host Lynchburg College at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.