by Kevin Buczek
MURFREESBORO, N.C.-The Barton College men's soccer team will prepare for the 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament with a non-conference road match at Chowan University on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Barton College Men's Soccer
The Bulldogs will try to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 home loss to King University on "Senior Day" Saturday in its final tune-up before the league tourney. Barton will host a quarterfinals match against a yet to be determined team on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.
Barton, with an overall mark of 7-7-1, will look to move back over .500. The Bulldogs are undefeated on the road in October going 6-0 in its first six away matches of the month.
Junior Dante De Luca scored BC's lone goal against the Tornado to increase his team-high total to nine. De Luca also has seven assists on the season for a league-leading 25 points. He is averaging 1.92 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the current NCAA Division II Statistics Report (thru games 10/27/13).
Junior Erik Pajunk leads Conference Carolinas with nine assists. Pajunk's 0.60 assists per game is good for 13th best in D-II. De Luca's 0.54 helpers per game ranks just behind Pajunk in 22nd place.
Six Bulldogs have accounted for nearly every point for Barton this season including De Luca (9G, 7A, 25P), Pajunk (6G, 9A, 21P), senior Archer Bane (7G, 2A, 16P), sophomore Kevin Strassburger (3G, 4A, 10P), junior Danilo Matos (4G, 8P) and senior Ricardo Oliveira (3A, 3P).
Senior goalie Vasily Yakimkin continues his stranglehold on protecting the Bulldogs net with a 1.69 goals against average and .732 save percentage.
Barton defeated Chowan, 4-1, last season behind a seven-point performance by De Luca, who scored a hat trick and assisted on the Bulldogs other tally. Strassburger also had a big match with one goal and three assists for five points.
The Bulldogs hold a seven-game win streak over CU.
Chowan University Men's Soccer
The Hawks are coming off a 3-0 loss to Belmont Abbey College on Saturday but Chowan did pick up its first win of the season one week earlier defeating William Peace University, 4-1, on Oct. 19.
Chowan is 1-12 overall and has been shut out seven times.
The Hawks goalkeepers rank first in the nation with 8.92 saves per game. Chowan's netminders stay busy facing an average of 27 shots per game. Jax Eddleman (.620 save percentage) and Grayson Smith (.645) each have seen over 500 minutes of action between the pipes.
Kendal Pressey leads CU with three goals. Dale Pearson, who leads the Hawks with five assists on the team's 10 goals on the season, follows Pressey with two tallies.
Chowan is winless in Murfreesboro, N.C., with a home mark of 0-5.
The Hawks last defeated Barton, 3-2, in 2005. Chowan was nearly shutout by the Bulldogs last season before scoring a late goal in the 89th minute.
Chowan will not be providing live stats or video for Wednesday's doubleheader.