Panthers Drop SAA Semifinal to Hendrix 4-2

Panthers Drop SAA Semifinal to Hendrix 4-2

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team ended its season with a 4-2 loss to Hendrix in the semifinal round of the Southern Athletic Association tournament on Friday night.

After taking a 2-0 lead over the Warriors, the Panthers surrendered four unanswered goals and were eliminated from the conference tournament.

Sophomore midfielder Rachael Motamed (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS) opened up the scoring in the seventh minute to give the No. 2-seed Panthers the early 1-0 lead, which BSC would take into the break.

Junior forward Taylor Andrews (Watkinsville, Ga./Oconee County HS) doubled the BSC advantage in the 58th minute, scoring on a long shot from outside the 18-yard box, which sailed over the outstretched arms of the Hendrix keeper and into the top right corner of the net.

After Andrews' goal, Birmingham-Southern appeared to be in the driver's seat with a 2-0 lead, but Hendrix did not lie down. Less than a minute after BSC's second goal, Hendrix responded with a goal from Melissa Miller which cut the Panther lead to one.

Thirty seconds later, the Warriors found the equalizer off a header from Lucy Moore, and in the 65th minute, Hendrix took its first lead of the game on a goal from Maddie Mae Seyer.

Down a goal, Birmingham-Southern attempted to make a comeback, increasing the pressure on the Hendrix defense and taking a number of good shots on goal, but the effort was not enough to break through the Warrior defense.

Hendrix would add its final goal in the 79th minute to cap the scoring, giving the Warriors the final 4-2 lead.

Junior goalkeeper Katherine Kozera (Rome, Ga./Rome HS), making her second start of the season, finished the match with nine saves.

The Panthers finished the match with 16 shots and nine shots on target. BSC was led by Andrews, who had four shots and three shots on goal.

With the loss, Birmingham-Southern finishes its 2017 campaign with an overall record of 15-4.