ROME, Ga. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team survived a scare on the road at Berry College Friday night, making a late second-half comeback to beat the Vikings 3-2 in regulation.
It took a trio of late goals for the Panthers to overcome Berry and earn their seventh consecutive win.
Berry opened up the scoring in the 26th minute when Beata Brock scored an unassisted goal. The Vikings would take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Berry would add to its lead in the 80th minute with another unassisted goal by Brock. At this point, down two goals with just 10 minutes to play, things looked bleak for the Panthers, but BSC would not go down without a fight.
In the 81st minute, freshman midfielder Abby Kay Choate (Tifton, Ga./Tifton County HS) put BSC on the board. With an assist from freshman forward Sydney Barrow (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS), Choate slipped the ball past the keeper for BSC's first goal of the night. It was Choate's ninth goal of 2017.
Less than two minutes later, Barrow would add a goal of her own, bringing the Panthers even with the Vikings. Barrow's goal, her sixth of the season, came off an assist from freshman forward Nicole Bernal (Odenville, Ala./John Carroll Catholic HS).
Bernal would cap the incredible comeback and give BSC its first lead of the match with a long shot to beat the goalie in the 90th minute. Bernal's goal, unassisted in nature, was her fifth this season and it was the first game-winner of her young collegiate career.
With just over 30 seconds to play after Bernal's go-ahead score, the Panthers held off the Vikings to secure the win and improve to 12-2, 4-0 on the year.
Birmingham-Southern out shot Berry 14 to 12. Freshman goalkeeper Blakley Jones (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Holy Spirit Catholic HS) finished the match with four saves and improved her record to 10-2.
BSC will remain on the road for a conference matchup at Oglethorpe on Sunday. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for noon EDT. The Panthers return home on Wednesday, Oct. 18 to take on the Centre Colonels. Wednesday's match against Centre is BSC's final regular season home match and will serve as Senior Day.