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Women's Soccer opens season with 4-2 home win against LaGrange

Sammy Manzo, Nicole Newton, and Jessie Sperry (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Sammy Manzo, Nicole Newton, and Jessie Sperry (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Thanks to two goals apiece from senior Jessie Sperry and junior Nicole Newton, the Birmingham-Southern College women's soccer team opened the 2015 season with a 4-2 victory over LaGrange College, Tuesday evening at Preston Goldfarb Field. It was the season opener for LaGrange as well, who falls to 0-1.

STRONG FIRST-HALF EFFORT

  • The BSC defense was stifling in the first half, with BSC out-shooting LaGrange 11-0.
  • LaGrange came back with five shotsand two goalsin the second half, while BSC took nine shots and also capitalized on two of those.

PLAYING THE CORNERS

  • BSC took nine total corner kicksseven in the first half alonewhile LaGrange had none.

DYNAMIC DUO

  • Sperry and Newton teamed up to score all four goals for BSC, and Newton also added an assist on one of Sperry's goals. Sperry led the team in scoring last season (12 goals, 4 assists), while Newton was third (6 goals, 4 assists). Senior Sammy Manzo also got in on the action with an assist on Newton's final goal of the game.

THE SERIES

  • BSC now leads the series 4-0 against LaGrange; tonight's game marks the first non-shutout victory for Birmingham-Southern over LaGrange.

QUOTABLE

  • "It was a tale of two halves," Head Coach Sean McBride said. "We played really well the first half, kind of let down in the second half, but still played pretty well overall and it was a good way to start the year."

UP NEXT

  • BSC travels to Maryville, Tenn., this weekend for the Maryville Classic, facing Piedmont on Saturday and the host Scots on Sunday.