BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern women's soccer team picked up a 6-2 road win over Tennessee Wesleyan on Friday afternoon for the Panthers' third straight victory.
BSC dominated the Bulldogs from the start, striking early and often in the match. Freshman forward Abby Walker (Hickory, N.C./Fred T. Foard HS) opened the scoring in the third minute, grabbing her fourth goal of the season.
The Panthers would go on to score two more goals in the first half to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. Junior forward Sydney Barrow (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS) scored BSC's second goal in the 17th minute, her fifth of the year, off an assist by freshman Gabby Bernal (Odenville, Ala./John Carroll Catholic HS).
The final goal of the first 45 minutes came from senior Rachael Motamed (Birmingham, Ala./Indian Springs HS), who scored her first goal of 2019 in the 31st minute. Motamed would add two assists to the scoresheet in the second half.
Birmingham-Southern tacked on three more goals in the second half. Bernal, coming off a hat trick against Wesleyan, added two more goals to her tally in the second half, giving her a team-high six goals this season. BSC's goals were capped by sophomore midfielder Amber Thompson (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson HS) in the 61st minute.
Tennessee Wesleyan ended BSC's clean sheet in the final 25 minutes, scoring first on a penalty kick in the 67th minute and then a goal by Cynthia Venzor in the 83rd minute.
Junior goalkeeper Blakley Jones (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Holy Spirit Catholic HS) started and played 76 minutes in goal and recorded two saves and the win. She was replaced in the final quarter hour by junior Erin Huttula (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville HS), who finished out the match.
The Panthers outshot the Bulldogs 19-5 and had eight corner kicks to TWU's one. BSC forced the Bulldog goalkeepers into seven saves.
Birmingham-Southern returns to the Hilltop on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to host the Agnes Scott Scotties. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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