Panthers use five second-half goals to defeat Piedmont, 5-2

Panthers use five second-half goals to defeat Piedmont, 5-2
Devin McDonald scores the game-winning goal against Piedmont on Sept. 12, 2012. (Photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team scored five second-half goals to defeat Piedmont, 5-2, Wednesday evening at the BSC Soccer Park.

It was the first home game for the Panthers, who move to 2-2-1 on the season while handing the Lions their first loss of the year, dropping them to 4-1.

Piedmont's Dilyn Maclean scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute off an assist from Laura Goodwin, and took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

BSC evened it up in the 53rd minute when sophomore Devin McDonald found the net, assisted by junior Amanda Babbin. The Lions pulled ahead 2-1 about eight minutes later on a goal scored by Kelly Miller, and the Panthers tied it up again five minutes after that, this time on a goal from freshman Avery Newcomb, the first of her career.

McDonald found the back of the Lions' net again in the 73rd minute, assisted by Newcomb and freshman Sammy Manzo for the go-ahead goal, and nine minutes later junior Kelly Craft scored to put BSC up 4-2.

With 1:38 left in the game, Babbin scored to put the Panthers up 5-2.

Junior goalkeeper Richelle Byrd played all 90 minutes in the net for BSC and recorded two saves; Piedmont keeper Marjorie Hammond was impressive with 13 saves.

The Panthers out-shot the Lions 27-5, 18-4 on-goal, led by junior Bailey Kimbell with four shots. Maclean led Piedmont with two shots.

BSC is at home again this Sunday, Sept. 16, facing Agnes Scott College at 4 p.m.