RICHARDSON, Texas – The Birmingham-Southern women’s soccer team dropped their opening game of the Comet Classic 4-0 against UT Dallas. Ardis Haskell made a season high nine saves. The Panther offense had multiple opportunities to score but game up empty as the Comet goalkeeper was spectacular in net.
The Comets struck early netting two goals in in the first 17 minutes of play. The first goal came in the fourth minute after a throw in bounced around the middle of the box and off some Comet and Panther players before being sent to the back of the net by Stephanie Ward. 13 minutes later the Comets found the back of the net again to extend their lead to 2-0.
Before the second goal by UT Dallas the Panthers had two corner kicks but could not make anything of the opportunity. The Panthers would get three shots on goal before the half came to an end, but BSC could not beat the keeper.
In the second half both teams came out firing, but it was UT Dallas that found the back of the net in the 60th minute. The goal extended the Comet lead to 3-0. Abby Rose Branham would try to get the Panthers on the board with a shot in th 62nd minute but again it was saved by Megan Hannah.
The Comets added on their last goal in the 68th minute pushing the lead to 4-0. The Panthers fought hard the rest of the game recording six more shots with half of them being on goal. BSC had multiple free kicks just outside the 18 yard box but could not get the ball best Hannah.
BSC fell to UT Dallas in the Comet Classic opener 4-0.
Birmingham-Southern 1-2-1 Overall (0-0 SAA), UT Dallas 3-1 Overall (0-0 ASC)
News and notes
> This was Haskell’s first career loss.
> The nine shots on goal from the Panthers ties their season high.
> The Panthers have not scored a goal since the season opener.
The Panthers will have a quick turnaround as they play Pacific University tomorrow at 6 p.m. in their final game of the Comet Classic, hosted by UT Dallas.