BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The home debut for new Birmingham-Southern women's soccer coach Sean McBride could not have gone much better Saturday afternoon, as the Panthers defeated Louisiana College, 7-1, in Game 3 of the 2014 BSC Invitational on Preston Goldfarb Field at Berylson Park. BSC improves to 2-1 on the young season with the victory, while Louisiana College falls to 0-4.
Birmingham-Southern wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard. A pair of goals from junior Jessie Sperry in the fourth and sixth minutes gave the home team a quick two-goal lead. By the 25th minute of the first half, after goals from sophomore Bethany Kuerten and freshman Hannah Snoddy, the Panthers owned a four-goal advantage that they would take into the half.
After a goal from sophomore Nicole Newton two minutes into the second half, Sperry scored her third and final goal of the match in the 53rd minute to notch the hat trick. The goal came off an assist from Newton, her third assist of the day and her second on a Sperry goal.
With a commanding 6-0 lead the Panthers yielded a single goal to Louisiana College, but answered in the 76th minute with a goal from
freshman Amanda Fitzgerald to push the score to 7-1 and wrap up the game's scoring.
The Panthers were just as solid defensively, allowing only nine shots from Louisiana College while taking 34 of their own. Junior keeper Katie Williams tallied two saves in the opening half of play and sophomore Ansley Tomlin earned three in her half of work. BSC also enjoyed the edge in corner kicks, 8-1, and was penalized once less time than visiting Louisiana College, three fouls to four for LC.
BSC returns to the pitch tomorrow for the final match of the BSC Invitational, hosting Maryville at noon.