BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team earned its sixth consecutive win on Friday night, fighting off a comeback attempt by Sewanee on the way to a 3-2 victory.
After giving up a lightning fast goal in the first 14 seconds of the match, the Panthers scored three unanswered goals and then held off the Tigers in an important Southern Athletic Association win.
Down 1-0, freshman forward Nicole Bernal (Odenville, Ala./John Carroll Catholic HS) found the equalizer for BSC in the 20th minute.
Birmingham-Southern followed it up with another goal right before the half. After taking possession away from Sewanee, sophomore midfielder Eva Byrum (Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS) took a shot from outside the 18-yard box, snuck the ball over the Sewanee keeper and found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
At halftime, the Panthers held the 2-1 lead.
After the break, BSC tacked on its final goal of the night when junior forward Taylor Andrews (Watkinsville, Ga./Oconee County HS), off an assist from sophomore forward Rachael Motamed (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS), beat two Tiger defenders and the keeper for the score. Andrews leads the team with 11 goals this season.
The Tigers continued to fight and found a goal from Kiley Ezzell in the 79th minute, but it was too little too late for the visiting team as the Panthers would hang on to secure the 3-2 win.
The win keeps BSC undefeated in conference play and in a tie for first place with Centre. The Panthers and the Colonels will meet on Sunday, Oct. 8 with a lot to play for, including sole possession of first place in the SAA and, potentially, hosting privileges for the conference tournament.
The match against Centre is scheduled to kickoff at noon, following Senior Day acknowledgments.