by Doug Page
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Barton College women's soccer team erased a 1-0 deficit in the second half with a pair of goals from junior Rebecca Fraser and junior Amanda Barata to record a 2-1 victory against the University of Mount Olive on Tuesday in Conference Carolinas action.
Barton (8-6-1, 4-5-1) recorded its second straight win and fourth in league play this season after playing to a scoreless tie through the opening 45 minutes of play. Mount Olive (4-8-0, 3-7-0) tallied the first goal of the contest early in the second half but would be unable to hold off a late push from the Bulldogs.
Fraser finished the contest with one goal as her second tally of the season knotted the match in the 64th minute. Barata notched her first goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Junior Rebekah Beal was credited with an assist on both tallies, giving her five for the season. Beal recorded three of Barton's nine shots on goal in the contest, while senior Jordyn Brown finished with two.
Jaelyn Brown scored the lone goal for the Trojans, while Elena Esparica was credited with the assist on the goal. UMO recorded six shots on goal in the contest, with Brown tallying a pair and fourth other Trojans taking one shot each.
The Trojans would test Barton junior goalkeeper Megan Bolick just nine minutes into the contest as Jordyn Davis tried to give UMO an early advantage. The Bulldogs would have a pair of shots blocked by the Trojan defense in the 18th minute as Brown and senior Laisy Scardazzi would both be denied. BC had a late opportunity in the half to try and beat UMO goalkeeper Marlayna Frutiger as Brown delivered a shot at the 43:07 mark. Frutiger would stop the opportunity and keep the match scoreless heading into halftime.
Mount Olive recorded the first six shots of the second half and would have four of them blocked by the Bulldogs. UMO tallied the first goal of the match in the 51st minute of play as Brown tapped in a shot that deflected off a Barton defender. Beal looked to knot the score in the 56th minute as her header nearly beat Frutiger.
Fraser would net the equalizer in the 64th minute of play as she took a cross from Beal inside the box. Fraser found the back of the net as her header would sneak under the crossbar and beat Frutiger. Mount Olive would receive a penalty kick at the 67:35 mark of the half as Brown lined up for the shot with the score knotted 1-1. Bolick denied Brown and kept BC in the contest as the Bulldogs looked to shift the momentum.
The momentum would shift for BC in the 72nd minute as Barata found herself with a loose ball inside the box following a shot from Beal that would be stopped by Frutiger. Barata tapped the ball inside the near post to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. Bolick would be tested one final time in the half as Kaylee Larson had a pair of looks in the 89th minute. Larson had her initial shot stopped by Bolick and would have her follow up opportunity blocked by the Bulldogs.
Bolick (6-3-1) recorded four saves in the match off five shots on goal from the Trojans. Frutiger (2-6-0) was handed with the loss for the Trojans after allowing a pair of goals. Frutiger recorded six saves in the match. Both teams recorded one team save in the contest.
The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season on Friday with a matchup in Bristol, Tenn. against the King University Tornado at 12:30 p.m.