MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team rebounded from a season-opening overtime loss with a thrilling overtime win over Maryville on Saturday night. The Panthers were led by goals from freshman Abby Kay Choate on their way to a 4-3 victory.
BSC opened up the scoring in the second half. Taylor Andrews scored the first goal of the match in the 58th minute, giving the Panther junior her 11th career goal. Maryville responded quickly with an equalizer in the 60th minute.
Choate gave BSC the lead once again in the 61st minute, but the Scots did not go away. Maryville answered with two consecutive goals of its own, equalizing and taking a 3-2 lead with goals in the 70th and 85th minutes.
Facing a one-goal deficit, and with just minutes to go in regulation, another freshman Panther stepped up. Forward Sydney Barrow scored the third BSC goal of the night to tie the game with less than two minutes to play. Barrow's goal, the first of her career, forced the second overtime of the BSC team's young 2017 season.
Eight minutes in to the first overtime period, BSC found the golden goal it was looking for. Off an assist from Andrews, Choate headed the ball past the Maryville keeper to secure her brace and the 4-3 win – the first win of 2017 for the Panthers.
BSC outshot Maryville 22-20 and freshman goalkeeper Blakley Jones finished the match with seven saves.
With the win, the Panthers move to 1-1 on the season. The next match for BSC is at home against Agnes Scott on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Kickoff for Tuesday's match against Agnes Scott is set for 7:00 P.M.