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September 4, 2011

Panthers upend No. 18 Lynchburg in overtime, 2-1

LYNCHBURG, Va.—Less than twenty-four hours after playing their first game of the 2011 season, the Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team upset No. 18 Lynchburg College on the road in overtime, 2-1, Sunday in Lynchburg, Va.

Lynchburg dominated the first half of play, creating numerous opportunities off corner kicks, but the Panthers put forth a strong defensive effort, and managed a clean slate going into the locker room with the score knotted 0-0.

At the 53:16 mark - about eight minutes into the second half - BSC gained some life thanks to a goal by junior Devon Weldon, who gained the ball in the middle of the field and seized an opportunity for a long, left-footed 40-yard strike past Jackie Bader, Lynchburg's goalkeeper.

But the Hornets would not go down without creating a stir of their own. After gaining 19 corners in the game, they found success on one of them, sneaking the ball in past the 'Southern defense to tie the game at 1-1 with 18:26 left in the game.

After 90 minutes of regulation and the game still in a stalemate, the game went into golden-goal overtime, with the first team scoring getting the victory. All it took for the Panthers was their first corner kick of the game. Sophomore Amanda Babbin sent in a well-struck ball, which cleanly found the head of senior Linda Amaya to for the game-winning goal.

BSC's sophomore goalkeeper Richelle Byrd helped keep the game close with an outstanding effort between the pipes, making 14 saves on the day.

The Panthers will head to Hanover, Ind., next weekend to take on Thomas More College, Saturday, and Hanover College, Sunday.