by Benny Benton
RALEIGH, N.C. – Transfer Jordyn Brown scored her first goal in a Barton College uniform to tie the match at 1-all ten minutes into the second half, but University of Missouri-St. Louis sophomore Rose Crabtree provided the game-winner in a 2-1 Tritons' victory at WRAL Soccer Park with a goal in the 73rd minute.
Crabtree found herself unmarked on the left wing, and drilled a shot from some 30 yards out into the far right corner of the net to put UMSL (1-0) back on top for good.
After a scoreless first half in which the two teams combined for just four shots, Missouri-St. Louis produced two quick attempts to open the final period. The first was saved by Barton keeper Haley Sauls, but UMSL's Lexi Norton curled the second one into the left side of the net after receiving a pass in the box from the right wing by Kylie Thwing.
However, the lead didn't last long, as Barton (0-1) responded seven minutes later. Brown, a junior from Logan, Utah, and a transfer from Young Harris College, drove the right wing after getting an entry pass from Taylor Doeble and threaded a shot at a tough angle into the left side of the net past UMSL keeper McKenzie DeRouen.
The shot was one of just two attempts produced all day by the Lady Bulldogs, however. Barton had a great chance to score on the other one as well, as BC's other transfer from YHC, Laisy Scardazzi, fired a great shot over the head of DeRouen. However, DeRouen leapt to tip the ball over the crossbar for her only save of the day.
Missouri-St. Louis finished the day with 13 total shots. Seven of those attempts were on goal, with Sauls saving five of them. The Tritons also enjoyed a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
The match was the only contest Friday in a weather-impacted beginning to the BC Classic. The event will continue on Sunday at Ting Park in Holly Springs, N.C., with UMSL taking on Anderson University at 3 p.m. and Barton facing Catawba College at 5 p.m.