by Benny Benton
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Barton College women's soccer team was eliminated from the 2016 Conference Carolinas Tournament on Tuesday following a 3-1 road loss in a quarterfinal matchup at Lees-McRae College.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-10-1), seeded fifth in the eight-team field, tied the match at 1-all in the 52nd minute on junior Taylor Doeble's third goal of the season, but the fourth-seeded Lady Bobcats regained the lead less than two minutes later on a goal by Cheyenne Warrick.
Lees-McRae (7-11) added an insurance goal in the 68th minute when Riley Neese drilled home a shot from the left wing after dribbling around a Barton defender.
The Bobcats scored the only goal of the first half just under 19 minutes into play on a shot by Lena Langille from just outside the box after an entry pass from Emma McGovern.
LMC enjoyed a 24-9 advantage in shots in the contest, including a 10-4 edge in attempts on-goal. Barton junior keeper Haley Sauls recorded seven saves in the loss.
The Lady Bulldogs reached the conference tournament for the fourth straight season after placing fifth in the regular-season standings, Barton's highest finish since 2013.