Panthers Find Momentum Early to Turn Away Scotties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Three first-half goals paced Birmingham Southern to a big win over Agnes Scott in non-conference women's soccer action on Tuesday. The Panthers built up a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes and fended off a few Scottie chances before walking away with a 6-1 win in regulation.

BSC junior Taylor Andrews scored twice in 30 seconds in the 14th minute to put the Scotties in trouble early before Rachel Motamed finished off a ball in the 34th minute that just squirted under the outstretch arms of first-year keeper Abie Ackerson (Hoover, Ala.).

The Scotties did not go without chances to get on the board in the first half. After giving up seven quick shots to start the game, Agnes Scott settled in and accumulated five of the next six attempts in the game. However, a couple of close opportunities were stopped to keep the Scotties scoreless after 45 minutes.

A deep Panthers roster added three more in the second half before the Scotties were able to put one on the board. The combination of Nia Coates (Pooler, Ga.) and Zoey Perchaluk (Fort Erie, Ont.) connected for the second time on the young season, as Coates finished a ball off in the 84th minute to ruin the clean sheet.

Ackerson made six stops in her debut in net.

The road trip to begin the season continues on Friday when the Scotties head to former GSAC rival Salem for a 4 p.m. kick. Agnes Scott (0-2) will also face Eastern Mennonite at Salem on Saturday at 4 p.m.