by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Freshman Brenna Keegan tallied her third goal of the season in the 103rd minute to give the Barton College women's soccer team a 2-1 victory in double overtime against North Greenville University on Saturday at the Barton Outdoor Athletic Complex.
Barton (4-1, 1-0) fired eight shots on frame in the contest, including 10 in the second half of action. The 4-1 start for BC is the best opening five-match record since 2014-15 when the Bulldogs put together a 3-1-1 mark. North Greenville (4-3, 3-1) dropped its first league contest of the season after seeing its late rally in the second-half come up just short.
Junior Rebekah Beal tallied her first goal of the season in the 77th minute for the Bulldogs. Keegan pulled into a tie with senior Laisy Scardazzi by scoring her third goal of the season. Junior Amanda Barata and senior Jordyn Brown each tallied an assist in the contest for the Bulldogs.
Mary Puryear paced North Greenville with a pair of shots on net in the contest, while three other Crusaders recorded one shot on frame. Megan Biehl recorded five shots for the Crusaders with one finding its way on frame. Karly Denaburg tallied three shots overall and one on net while delivering the corner kick that led to North Greenville's lone score in the contest.
The opening half of action would see Barton record a pair of shots on net as Scardazzi found herself with an opportunity in the fourth minute. North Greenville keeper Brianna Rowe would be up to the challenge and keep BC off the scoreboard early. The Crusaders tallied a shot on frame in the 28th minute as Puryear tried to beat BC goalkeeper Megan Bolick.
Sophomore Syaani Harris delivered a shot on frame in the 37th minute that would be stopped by Rowe to keep the game scoreless. The Crusaders outshot Barton 5-4 in the opening half and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Bolick would be tested by North Greenville in the 68th minute as she made consecutive saves to keep the game scoreless. Denaburg delivered the first chance for NGU at the 67:42 mark with a shot that would get away from Bolick and allow Puryear to follow with a shot of her own at the 67:47 mark.
The Bulldogs looked to get on the scoreboard in the 69th minute as Scardazzi would work past the North Greenville netminder, only to see her shot saved at the goal-line Crusader defender Sarah Hazelwood. Beal made it 1-0 for BC in the 77th minute after receiving a pass from Barata that led Beal to the left corner of the net to eventually beat Rowe.
North Greenville answered with the equalizer in the 82nd minute of play off a corner that would be accidentally hit into the net by the Bulldogs. Barton finished the half with a pair of shots that would be denied by Rowe. Brown tallied a shot on frame at the 84:52 mark, while redshirt junior Emma Mitchell delivered a shot at the 86:30 mark.
The Crusaders tallied the lone shot on goal in the first overtime frame as Biehl took a shot at the 92:14 mark that would be stopped by Bolick. Following a foul on North Greenville in the second overtime, Brown found herself with the opportunity to cross a ball to the center of the field. The cross would find Keegan, who deposited the ball into the back of the net at the 102:46 mark to give BC a 2-1 victory.
Bolick (3-1) stopped five shots in the contest while allowing one goal. The Salisbury, N.C. native has allowed just two goals through 355 minutes of play this season for the Bulldogs. Rowe (4-3) suffered the tough loss in net despite making five saves on seven shots. The Crusaders also recorded one team save in the contest.
Barton will host Southern Wesleyan University on Monday beginning at Noon at the Gillette Athletic Complex in Wilson, N.C. BC then hits the road for a pair of matches against Regent on Sept. 25 and Limestone on Sept. 29.