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October 28, 2017

Oglethorpe Falls to Birmingham-Southern in SAA Quarterfinals to Close Season

The Oglethorpe women's soccer team saw their season come to a close Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama, as they fell to No. 2 seed Birmingham-Southern 4-1 in the quarterfinal round of the SAA Tournament. The Stormy Petrels end their season at 4-11-1 on the campaign overall.

The homestanding Panthers jumped out on the No. 7 seed Petrels early, scoring in the 15th minute to take a 1-0 advantage. Birmingham-Southern would go on to outshoot the visitors 10-2 in the first half. They doubled their lead in the 21st minute, giving themselves a cushion. 

The Petrels got a chance to get back in the game just a minute later, as Birmingham-Southern goalkeeper Blakley Jones received a red card, forcing the Panthers to play the remainder of the contest with 10 players. However, Birmingham-Southern added a third goal moments after that, putting the Petrels further behind the eight-ball in the 26th minute.

Down 3-0 at halftime, the Petrels had to find their way back into the game, and they did pick up a goal early in the second half. Sophomore forward Kayla Trice got on the end of a pass from freshman midfielder Maddie Cornell and finished it in the 51st minute, making the score 3-1. 

However, Birmingham-Southern was able to get the goal back barely 30 seconds later, putting themselves back ahead 4-1.

From there, the Panthers held on for the three-goal victory. The Petrels had more chances in the second half than they did in the first, as Birmingham-Southern outshot the Petrels 9-4 over the period. The only shot the Petrels were able to put on target, though, was the one they put into the back of the net.

For the game, the Panthers outshot the Petrels 19-6 overall and 7-3 on goal. Birmingham-Southern took eight corner kicks to none for Oglethorpe. 

The Petrels' season comes to a close after a 4-11-1 overall record and a 1-5-1 SAA slate. Both marks served as improvements over the 2016 season, and the Petrels will look to come back in 2018 with a chance to move further up the conference standings.

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