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September 2, 2012

Kimbell hat trick helps lift BSC past Methodist, 6-1

SEWANEE, Tenn.—Courtesy of a hat trick from junior Bailey Kimbell, the Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team picked up its first win of the season on Sunday, defeating Methodist College, 6-1, at the Sewanee Invitational.

Twenty-five people saw action in today's match. The Panthers end the weekend going undefeated with a record of 1-0-1. The team found the net early and often in their second game of the tournament, less than twenty-four hours after completing the first game, which was a 1-1 tie against Mississippi College.

The Panthers turned to juniors Kimbell and Amanda Babbin to start the scoring. Kimbell scored the first two goals of the game after Babbin found her to set her up for a solo challenge on the keeper, and less than five minutes later was given another ball outside of the 18-yard box that she sent to the far post.

Freshman Sammy Manzo was also credited for the third goal as she crossed it in front of the Methodist goal, which was deflected into the net by a Monarch defender. Kimbell then received a pass from Manzo and notched her third goal of the game for a hat trick. The Panthers did well to possess the ball and took that momentum into the half with a four goal lead.

Babbin would not be limited to assists in the game, however, as Kimbell returned the favor and found her on a cross which was tucked in past the keeper for her first goal of the season. Junior Kelly Craft also added to the BSC total with a monster strike from thirty yards out for her first goal of the year and second career goal.

The Monarchs benefited from a penalty kick call after a handball in the box occurred by a BSC player. That made the game 6-1 in favor of the Panthers.

BSC will make a trip to Raleigh, N.C., this week for contests at Meredith College against Meredith as well as third-ranked Johns Hopkins. Fans are encouraged to follow all of this season's action via BSC Women's Soccer's official Twitter account, @BSCWSoccer.