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Beal’s goal kicks Barton to 1-0 win; Lady Bulldogs are No. 5 seed

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Sophomore forward Rebekah Beal’s team-high ninth goal of 2017 kicked the Barton College women’s soccer team to a 1-0 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas homecoming victory against King (Tennessee) University on Saturday.
However, the win was not enough to earn the Lady Bulldogs a first-round home game in the conference tournament.
As the No. 5 seed, Barton will visit No. 4 North Greenville (South Carolina) University.
Fifth-place Barton finished 5-3-3 in the conference and 8-7-3 overall. The Tornado emerged 2-9 and 2-13-1, respectively.
The goal came in the seventh minute. Barton junior Jordyn Brown got behind the Tornado’s goalkeeper, Olivia Drake, and sent a pass across the box towards Beal.
Beal finished the play by booting the ball into the back of the net.
The Lady Bulldogs generated ample first-half opportunities with 13 shots. However, Drake stopped seven of the eight shots on goal. Senior Barton keeper Haley Sauls turned back both Tornado shots on goal.
King turned up the offensive pressure the second half, forcing Sauls to make a pair of early saves. Barton also had its chances, but Drake responded with four saves.Beal produced seven shots, with four on goal.
Sauls posted her seventh 2017 shutout with five saves. Drake amassed 11 saves.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA. — In a showdown of division front-runners, the visiting Barton College women’s volleyball team was dealt a 25-23, 25-13, 25-23 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas loss by South Division leader Emmanuel College on Saturday.
On the heels of clinching the North Division, the Lady Bulldogs saw their winning streak ended at 14 matches and tumbled to 17-7 overall.
Barton still owns the best overall conference record at 11-1. With its fourth consecutive win, Emmanuel improved to 12-2 in the league and 16-9 against all foes.
Freshman Kaytlin Elkins and senior Miranda Miller each responded with 11 kills for Barton.
Junior Riley Bane, a product of Fike High, recorded a team-high 16 digs. Elkins and Miller added eight digs each.
Junior Angelica Acevedo led Barton with 27 assists to go along with four digs and three kills.
Freshman Ashley Owen contributed nine digs, while junior Allie Cullens managed a pair of solo blocks.
Sparking Emmanuel was Julie de Blanck with a match-high 14 kills and three solo blocks. The Lady Lions got a match-high 20 digs from Aysha Avery. Stephanie Hardy dished out a match-best 31 assists. Barton forged a 6-0 lead and forced a Lady Lions time-out in the first set. Bane’s ace produced a 10-2 Barton lead. Emmanuel chopped the deficit to 13-9 with a 5-0 run. After ties of 22-22 and 23-23, Emmanuel took command.
With a 5-0 flurry in the second set, the Lady Lions transformed a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead.
Barton closed the deficit to 7-6 but, later, a 7-0 spree boosted Emmanuel to a 20-11 margin. The Lady Lions secured the set with five of the final six points.
Barton, in the third set, rallied from deficits of 5-2 and 10-9 to lead 14-11. But Emmanuel spurted to a 17-14 edge and did not trail the rest of the way.
The Lady Bulldogs lost for the first time since Sept. 9.

MEN’S SOCCER
The Barton College men’s soccer team saw its homecoming and season-ending match spoiled by King (Tennessee) University on Saturday in the form of a 2-1 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas loss. The Tornado knocked in a pair of second-half goals to end the Bulldogs to 1-8-1 in the conference and to 5-12-1 overall.
The Bulldogs did not qualify for the conference tournament. King also owns an 1-8-1 confernece mark and stands 5-9-2 in all matches.
Ruben Mancio, a freshman from Cadiz Spain, staked Barton to a 1-0 halftime lead, netting his fifth goal. Mancio started the play at midfield with a touch to Pol Monells. Monells worked the ball to the left side before, somehow, getting the ball back to Mancio in the box  through three King defenders. Tornado goalkeeper Jake Davis came out to challenge. However, Mancio worked the ball to Davis’ left and found an open net. But with less than seven minutes elapsed in the second half, King netted the equalizer.  Adonis Wheeler put away a deflection off a Barton defender after the ball was chipped into the box by by Luis Calderon.
King continued to challenge, with Barton keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik registering three of his five saves in the next 12 minutes. The go-ahead goal came in the 73rd minute. King’s Carlos Saavedra spun and dribbled his way through several Barton defenders to lace the winning shot from the top of the box. The physical affair produced six yellow cards — four assigned to the Bulldogs. Barton careers ended for seniors Hordvik, David Vega, Omar Gonzalez, Alex Blake, Alex Whetstone, Seth Russ and Wilson Christian Academy products Danny Peru and Tyler Dew.

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