DECATUR, Ga. - The Agnes Scott soccer team came within inches of upsetting visiting Birmingham Southern College (3-1), but fell just short in double overtime, as Nicole Newton of the Panthers snaked through the Scottie defense and scored with 8 minutes to go in the contest, giving the Panthers a 4-3 win over the Scotties (2-1).
The first half of play was a defensive struggle until the 40th minute, when Nia Coates fired a rocket over the Panther goalkeeper to give the Scotties a 1-0 lead. The Panthers would respond, and respond quickly, with two goals in the next five minutes to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
In the second half of play, it looked like the Panthers would run away with the contest as they racked up an insurance goal in the 50th minute to give themselves a 3-1 lead. The Scotties, however, had different plans, as Emily Duncan fed a corner kick to the foot of Sophie Zemrani, who drove the ball into the back of the net to put the Scotties within one. Not long after, Ashlyn Edwards broke down the right side of the field, and fired a shot directly at the goalkeeper, which rebounded back to her, and she made the second shot count, leveling the match at 3-3.
The game would remain locked at 3-3 through the end of regulation and one overtime, before Newton's goal would spoil the Scotties' comeback effort. Scottie goalkeeper Iara Moran would suffer her first loss on the season, but registered 9 saves in the contest, as the Panthers managed 13 shots on goal, compared to 8 for Agnes Scott.
The Scotties will return to the field on Saturday, September 17, as they play in their first-ever USA South Conference contest, as they travel to Huntingdon College for a 2:00 CST matchup with the Hawks (0-1-1, 0-0-0 USA South).