Panthers use five second-half goals to shut out Oglethorpe, 5-0

Panthers use five second-half goals to shut out Oglethorpe, 5-0

ATLANTA—Five different Panthers scored in the second half to help the Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team to a 5-0 shutout of Oglethorpe University, Saturday in Atlanta.

The Panthers move to 9-4-1 overall and 5-1 in the SCAC; the Stormy Petrels fall to 2-9-1 overall and 1-5 in league action.

Although BSC out-shot OU 11-1 in the first half, they were unable to find the back of the net and the score was knotted at 0-0 at halftime.

In the second half, the Panthers came out and scored a minute into the period when senior Alicia Plotky scored her eighth goal of the season, assisted by sophomore Ashley Bradshaw off a textbook cross from the sideline.

In the 58th minute, sophomore Bailey Kimbell scored her sixth goal of the year, followed by a left-footed goal by senior Linda Amaya - her seventh of the season - in the 64th minute to put BSC up 3-0.

Sophomore Amanda Babbin scored a left-footed goal into the side netting in the 68th minute, and sophomore Kelly Craft wrapped up the scoring in the 81st minute with a score from approximately 25 yards out.

Senior Amber Hernandez played 71 minutes in goal for BSC, making one save, and sophomore Richelle Byrd came in for the last 19 minutes, also recording one save.

The Panthers out-shot the Petrels overall 25-2, 15-2 on-goal. Plotky led with four shots, and five different Panthers had three shots apiece.

"This was a huge team win with many different people stepping up in the second half," Head Coach Benji Walton said. "Most notably, Bradshaw and freshman Katie Hutchins off the bench to start the second half provided the spark that we needed. The rest of the team kept the energy level high and we made adjustments that we needed to pick up the win."

BSC returns home next weekend for the first time since Oct. 2, facing Sewanee on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m., and Centre on Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon.