Scardazzi, Beal pace 4-0 Barton triumph

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Junior Laisy Scardazzi booted a goal on a penalty kick and registered three assists in leading the Barton College women’s soccer team to a 4-0 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas triumph against visiting archrival University of Mount Olive on Thursday evening.

The Lady Bulldogs emerged with their second conference win against one loss and three ties and boosted their overall record to 3-4-3. Mount Olive departed 1-4 in the conference and 2-8 against all foes.

Sophomore Rebekah Beal opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with her fourth 2017 goal. Scardazzi beat the left wing and crossed the ball to the middle, where it was fielded by Beal. Seven-plus minutes later Sscardazzi converted her penalty-kick opportunity for her fourth goal.

In the 54th minute, senior Taylor Doeble collected her first goal on a double assist from Scardazzi and Beal, who also sparkled with two goals and an assist. Beal redirected the ball to Scardazzi. From the corner, Scardazzi worked the ball to Doeble in front of the goal.

Beal notched her fifth goal and concluded the scoring in the 72nd minute, heading in Scardazzi’s corner kick.

Barton was outshot 18-11 but owned a 4-3 edge in corner kicks. In goal for the Lady Bulldogs, senior starter Haley Sauls recorded five saves and sophomore Megan Bolick three.

The Lady Bulldogs continue conference play at home at 2 p.m. Saturday against Erskine (South Carolina) College.