Bulldogs edged 2-1, denied first CC victory

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A first NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas win in 2017 again eluded the Barton College men’s soccer team at home Thursday evening with a 2-1 loss to archrival University of Mount Olive.

All of the scoring occurred in the first half as the Bulldogs tumbled to 0-5 in the conference and to 2-8 overall. The Trojans evened their conference mark at 2-2 and improved to 6-3 against all foes.

Barton could not overcome a pair of unassisted goals from Mount Olive’s Sebastian Leibl in the first 26 minutes.

Leibl first knocked in a free kick from near the left corner and, next, nailed a shot inside the box after beating a pair of Barton defenders.

The Bulldogs’ goal came in the 37th minute. Junior Daniel Gregory netted his first goal by putting away the rebound of a shot off the foot of freshman Ruben Mancio.

The Trojans managed a 14-12 edge in shots and a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Senior Jens Madsen Hordvik went the distance in goal for Barton and wound up with eight saves. Mount Olive keeper Preston Snyder notched seven saves.

Barton continues its search for its first conference win at home Saturday at 4 p.m. against Erskine (South Carolina) College.