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Scotties Can't Escape Prowling Panthers, 5-1

Scotties Can't Escape Prowling Panthers, 5-1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A surging Birmingham-Southern side ran out to a five-goal lead before holding on to beat Agnes Scott 5-1 in non-conference women's soccer action. The Panthers won their third consecutive match, while the Scotties dropped their fourth in as many tries.

The Panthers dominated the stat sheet in the first half, registering 13 shots compared to only two for the visitors. Agnes Scott's defense did its best to curtail the speed of the Panthers up front, forcing many of their 13 early attempts to come from distance. However, Birmingham-Southern struck on its first two shots on target in the game.

Sydney Barrow scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season in the 10th and 20th minutes respectively to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Agnes Scott started coming out of its shell on offense in the second half, outshooting the Panthers in the early going only to see the home team converting on the few chances they had.

Birmingham-Southern scored the all-important third goal of the game in the 50th minute before adding two more in a minute span in the middle of the period.

The Scotties scored in the waning seconds of regulation when Megan Selecky (Clovis, Calif.) buried a free kick attempt for her first collegiate score.

Birmingham-Southern's two keepers combined for seven saves on the day, while junior Abby Ackerson (Hoover, Ala.) made six saves in a full game's work.

Agnes Scott (2-5) will look to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday when they host LaGrange in the USA South Conference opener at 2 p.m.