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With the King University Tornado providing the opposition, the Barton College women’s soccer team emerged queen of the pleasant Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas win on the Barton College Outdoor Complex pitch.
The fifth consecutive win and fourth shutout in a row propelled the Lady Bulldogs to 5-1 in the league and to 7-2-1 in all matches. Barton knocked in a goal in each half to send the Tornado to 1-2 in the conference and 3-4 against all foes.
A dominant opening 30 minutes from the Lady Bulldogs produced a 1-0 edge. With just under three minutes elapsed, junior Olivia Bronson drilled in her third goal of 2019
Barton posted a 21-5 margin in shots and a 9-2 advantage in shots on frame. The Lady Bulldogs managed four corner kicks, while the Tornado was without a corner kick.
Despite the Lady Bulldogs’ ball movement and possession, the score stood at 1-0 until senior forward Rebekah Beal, a product of Northern Nash High, netted her third 2019 goal on a breakaway in the 79th minute. Leading to the goal was a beauty of a pass from senior midfielder Katie Christiansen.
Barton sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Davis earned the shutout. Davis notched two saves and has not allowed a goal in the last 276.40 minutes.
King goalkeeper Erin Foster was credited with seven saves.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Central, South Carolina, next Saturday, Oct. 12, for a 1 p.m. match against league rival Southern Wesleyan.
Barton paces the Conference Carolinas standings with 15 points. The University of Mount Olive, North Greenville, Belmont Abbey and Emmanuel (Georgia) College have each accumulated 12 points.
Mount Olive, percentage wise, owns the top league record at 4-0. North Greenville and Belmont Abbey each stand 4-1 and Emmanuel 4-2.
Bulldogs turn back King, 3-1
Freshman forward Omar Aboutaleb knocked in two goals and junior forward Ruben Mancio dished out two assists in leading Barton to a 3-1 Conference Carolinas conquest of King University on the Barton College Outdoor Complex pitch Saturday evening.
Freshman midfielder Throstur Jonasson drilled in the match winner as the Bulldogs bounced back from a loss to Limestone earlier in the week to climb to 3-2 in the conference and to 7-2-1 overall. Barton improved to 4-0-1 at home.
The Tornado departed 0-1 in the league and 1-5-1 overall.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Aboutaleb headed in a cross from Mancio.
The Tornado countered with the equalizer just 77 seconds later. Carlos Saavedra netted the goal.
The 1-1 count stood at intermission. But less than six minutes into the second half, Jonasson put Barton in front for keeps, finishing a saved header on a corner kick in front of the net. Freshman defender Halldor Thorsteinsson was credited with the assist.
Aboutaleb connected for his second goal in the 81st minute and has now scored three goals in the last three matches.
Barton senior goalkeeper Francisco Noguera got the win, posting seven saves. The Bulldogs owned a 16-9 margin in shots.
Tornado keeper Dalton Gammon stopped three Barton shots.
Barton’s next test comes at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Florence, South Carolina, against Francis Marion, No. 7-ranked in Division II.
Barton slide continues with loss to Converse
The slide continued for the Barton women’s volleyball team in the Beddingfield High gym Saturday afternoon in the form of a 17-25, 23-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-8 loss to Conference Carolinas guest Converse College.
Playing the sixth of nine consecutive home matches in a trio of Wilson County high school gyms, the Lady Bulldogs tumbled to 1-3 in the conference and to 4-6 overall. Converse improved to 2-3 and 5-14, respectively.
Barton’s attack fizzled after winning the first two sets. The Lady Bulldogs hit .103 in the third set, .000 in the fourth and .034 in the fifth. After a .364 start in the first set, Barton wound up with a hitting percentage of .101.
Converse hit most effectively in the fifth set (.304) and third set (.226). It hit .149 for the match.
Despite 13 attack errors, Barton junior Kaytlin Elkins amassed 18 kills and also scrambled for 14 digs. Freshman Allison Gambill delivered 14 kills and 14 digs.
Sophomore Sarah Kirk paced Barton with 23 assists and 19 digs.
Triggering Converse were Brittany Tepedino with 22 kills and 18 digs; and Lauren Tharrington with 35 assists and nine digs. Elizabeth Yohe notched 19 digs. Kelsey Elliott and Sara Grace Westmoreland chipped in with 12 each.
The Fike High gym will be home for the Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Wednesday against conference opponent Chowan University.