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Westminster just couldn't recover after the first half.

The Blue Jays made an effort Wednesday in the second half at Greenville, but the four goals they allowed in the first 45 minutes were too much in Westminster's 5-3 loss.

The Panthers (9-7, 7-3-1 SLIAC) scored three of those four goals within six minutes, taking a 3-0 lead with goals in the 26th, 28th and 31st minutes. Greenville added one more before halftime in the 41st minute while limiting Westminster's shots to four.

Like Greenville in the first half, the Blue Jays (3-10-2, 3-7-1 SLIAC) tallied 11 shots in the second half. The first step came in the 48th minute on a goal by Andrew Sprengel off the assist from Bukuru Dieudone.

Greenville increased its lead back to four after a goal in the 69th minute, but Freddy Nene and Mustekbel Shoune scored in the 72nd and 81st minutes to bring the score to 5-3. Wyatt Hammond and Niklas Olsson assisted on those scores.

The Blue Jays took a corner kick two minutes later but also a yellow card in the 85th minute on Shoune before the game ended soon after, without Westminster taking another shot.

Olsson led the team in shots at four and Nene led with two shots on goal. Chris Lannom played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Blue Jays, stopping two of six shots, while Toby Hughes had the second half, allowing a goal on the only shot he saw.

Westminster had 15 shots to Greenville's 17 and six shots on goal to the Panthers' seven.

The Blue Jays will play on the road again at 1 p.m. today at Spalding.

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