BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team picked up its third win of the season on Tuesday night, taking down Wesleyan College 5-1 at Goldfarb Field.
BSC was led by freshman Gabby Bernal (Odenville, Ala./John Carroll Catholic HS) and junior Sydney Barrow (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS), who accounted for all five of the Panthers' goals and 12 of the 14 points.
Bernal opened up the scoring in the game, finding her first goal of the evening in the third minute off an assist by Abby Kay Choate (Tifton, Ga./Tift County HS).
A little less than twenty minutes later, in the 22nd minute, Choate was back in on the action assisting again on BSC's second goal, this one scored by Barrow. Choate lobbed a ball in towards Barrow, who put it away after the Wesleyan goalkeeper failed to secure the ball on the bounce.
Responding a few moments later, Wesleyan's Nadia Al-Shahabi scored the Wolves' sole goal of the match, and the Panthers would take the 2-1 lead into halftime.
In the final 45 minutes, Bernal and Barrow continued to punish the Wolves on the break.
Bernal quickly opened the second half with her second goal of the night. Just 48 seconds into the half, Bernal slotted home a ball neatly crossed into the box by Barrow, putting the Panthers up 3-1.
Bernal returned the favor for BSC's fourth goal when she played the ball into Barrow, who found the back of the net for the second time on Tuesday.
With two players on a double, Bernal would be the one to earn the triple. She capped the scoring in the 61st minute, sealing the game for the Panthers and giving the freshman forward her first career hat-trick.
Bernal and Barrow co-lead the Panthers in scoring this season with four goals each, and both have an assist to their credit. Choate's two assists on Tuesday give her four for the season, a team high.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Huttula (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville HS) got her first start of the season and recorded four saves in the win, giving her a 2-0-0 record in goal this year.
The Panthers outshot the Wolves 25 to 11 and had six corners to Wesleyan's four.
With the win, Birmingham-Southern improves to 3-3-1. The Panthers will travel to Tennessee Wesleyan for their next game on Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.
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