BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team took a commanding lead early and never surrendered it in Tuesday night's home match against Agnes Scott, defeating the Scotties 6-1.
Junior forward Taylor Andrews opened up the scoring for BSC in the first half, scoring back-to-back goals in the 14th minute. The first of Andrews' goals came off an assist from senior defender Ivy Painter. From the right side of the field, Painter crossed it into the box and founder Andrews for the goal. Just 35 seconds later, Andrews struck again, this time receiving a cross from the left side from sophomore forward Rachael Motamed and putting it in the back of the net.
Up 2-0, the Panthers struck again before the half to take a 3-goal lead into the break. In the 34th minute, Motamed got in on another assist, smashing a ball in from the left side of the box. The Scottie goalkeeper got her hands on the ball but could not control as in landed at the feet of freeshman midfielder Abby Kay Choate who finished off the play with a tap in goal.
In the second half, BSC added to its lead over Agnes Scott. In the 53rd minute, freshman midfielder Josy Gray joined the scoring action, controlling a cross from freshman defender Bailey Gardner and placing the ball over the Scottie goalkeeper and into the top half of the net. It was the first career goal and first career assist for Gray and Gardner, respectively.
Junior defender McKenna Boyd, off an assist from freshman midfielder Lettie Lundy, gave BSC a 5-0 lead in the 80th minute. Then, in the 83rd minute, Choate capped the scoring for the Panthers with help from the freshman forward Katherine Tucker.
Agnes Scott ended the Panther shutout in the 84th minute with a goal by Nia Coates, but BSC's commanding 6-1 lead was too much for the Scotties in the end.
With the win, BSC improves its record to 2-1. The Panthers will remain at home for their next match against Talladega on Friday, Sept. 8. The match is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m.