Women's Soccer falls to Mississippi College 3-2 in regular season home finale

Amanda Babbin (photo by Keith Lucas)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team gave up three goals in the first 11 minutes and were unable to score the equalizer down the stretch Wednesday evening, losing to Mississippi College 3-2 at Goldfarb Field in the regular season home finale.

The Panthers fall to 4-8, while the Choctaws move to 9-5.

Macey Lee scored MC's first two goals in the seventh and 10th minutes, her 18th and 19th goals of the season. She currently ranks third in the nation in goals and fifth in goals per game. A goal from Kaitlyn Kiss at the 11-minute mark put the Choctaws up 3-0, a lead they held through the rest of the half.

Senior Amanda Babbin found the back of the net in the 55th minute to break the shutout and cut it to 3-1, and a shot by sophomore Jessie Sperry in the 68th minute nearly cut it to 3-2 but hit the post and ricocheted away instead. Babbin was able to score again in the 78th minute, and the Panthers had a couple more chances in the final 12 minutes, including a blocked shot by sophomore Avery Newcomb in the 82nd minute, but were unable to connect before time expired.

BSC out-shot MC 14-10, although the Choctaws led in shots-on-goal 6-5. Babbin led the Panthers with four shots, and Becca Dupuy led MC with three. BSC had four corner kicks, one more than Mississippi College, while the Choctaws were whistled for 10 fouls, three more than the Panthers with seven.

Senior Panther goalkeeper Richelle Byrd made three saves in 90 minutes, while Choctaw goalie Brianna Blackwell recorded two saves.

BSC is on the road for its next four games, all Southern Athletic Association contests, beginning with Hendrix this Saturday in Conway, Ark. The Panthers return home the weekend of Nov. 8-10 to host the 2013 SAA Women's Soccer Championship. Quarterfinals will kick off at noon on Friday, Nov. 8.