Panthers close out regular season with 2-0 shutout of Millsaps
JACKSON, Miss.—The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team closed out its regular season schedule on Saturday with a 2-0 conference road victory over Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
With the victory, BSC improves to 7-9 on the season and claims sole possession of fourth place in the regular season Southern Athletic Association standings with a 4-3 conference record. Millsaps drops to 4-13-1 overall and 0-6-1 in the conference. The Panthers will play in next weekend's SAA Championship, hosted by BSC on Goldfarb Field at Berylson Soccer Park, as the fourth seed, facing fifth-seeded Sewanee in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 8. BSC beat Sewanee in the regular season on Oct. 13, 2-0 in Birmingham.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead in the eighth minute when senior Amanda Babbin scored her seventh goal of the season to give BSC the early 1-0 advantage. After Babbin's goal the Panther defense and senior goalkeeper Richelle Byrd rose to the occasion to help keep the lead heading into halftime. Millsaps would manage only four more shots in the half after the Panther goal, three of them on-goal and being saved by Byrd.
BSC came out of the intermission and immediately put pressure on the Major defense by taking six straight shots to open the half. After two Millsaps shots, one of which was saved by Byrd for her fifth and final save of the night, Panther sophomore Jessie Sperry
netted her ninth goal of the season in the 62nd minute off an assist from sophomore Sammy Manzo to seal the victory.
The shutout, the seventh of the season for the Panthers, was closed out by freshman Ansley Tomlin as she relieved Byrd in the 81st minute. All seven of BSC's victories this season have been shutouts.
On the evening, BSC out-shot Millsaps 20-9, and shutout the Majors 8-0 in corner kicks. Millsaps did have one more save than the Panthers and eight fouls were called on both squads.