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FLORENCE, S.C. — Despite being outshot overall and on frame by a wide margin, the Barton College men’s soccer team departed the campus of Francis Marion University on Wednesday with a signature victory over an NCAA Division II top-10 opponent.
Trailing by a goal after 19-plus minutes of play, the Bulldogs equalized in the 51st minute and turned in the road stunner with a golden goal overtime finish in the 105th minute, giving Barton the 2-1 triumph.
The goal just three minutes after Barton senior keeper Francisco Noguera stonewalled Francis Marion’s Sidney Warden on a penalty kick in the 102nd minute.
The freshman combination of Throstur Jonasson and Omar Aboutaleb collaborated on the game winner, with Aboutaleb fielding a cross at the top of the 18-yard area and volleying it past Francis Marion goalkeeper Yosimar Huerta.
Barton of Conference Carolinas improed to 8-2-1 by winning its sixth match in its last seven outings, while FMU fell to 5-2-1 in all matches.
The Bulldogs pulled off the victory despite being outshot by a 4-to-1 margin and 10-2 in efforts on frame. Francis Marion of the Peach Belt Conference struck first in the 20th minute, with Javier Bello finishing a cross from Sam Pollard, who played it from Jafet Santiago.
Bello finished past Barton senior keeper Francisco Noguera, who had nine saves, from six yards away.
But Barton found its equalizer with 39:35 left in regulation. Senior defender Loten Antonelli launched a service into the box for junior Ruben Mancio, who controlled it off his chest and put it away from 8 yards out to tie it.
Four yellow cards followed in the second half, three to Francis Marion and one to Barton.
In the first overtime period, Noguera stopped three shots before his crucial penalty-kick save in the second extra session. That paved the way for Barton’s freshman combination to finish it.
The Bulldogs return to Conference Carolinas play Saturday at Southern Wesleyan.