by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at home on Monday against Southern Wesleyan University. The Warriors delivered the game-winning tally in the 93rd minute of play at the Gillette Athletic Complex.
Barton (4-2, 1-1) dropped its first Conference Carolinas tilt of the season despite holding a comfortable 13-6 edge in shots on goal. Southern Wesleyan (3-4, 2-2) rebounded after seeing their 1-0 lead in the first half trickle away just 20 seconds later.
Freshman Brenna Keegan tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season for Barton while delivering four shots on goal in the contest. Sophomore Syaani Harris recorded her first assist on the season after crossing a ball that would find Keegan. Junior Rebekah Beal tallied three shots on frame for BC, while Senior Laisy Scardazzi notched three shots on goal.
Ashley Romanowski paced Southern Wesleyan with a goal and an assist in the match to go along with three shots on goal. Rachel Curtis tallied the assist that led to the eventual game-winning tally in overtime, while Helen Schweiger scored the other goal for the Warriors.
The Bulldogs had a pair of early scoring opportunities as senior Jordyn Brown had her shot hit off the post at the 1:53 mark, while junior Chelsey Hawley had a header in the 4th minute saved at the goal-line by the Southern Wesleyan defense. Curtis would take her first shot of the contest for the Warriors in the 9th minute as her chance would be denied by BC freshman goalkeeper Kristin Davis.
Scardazzi would get a chance at a penalty kick for the Bulldogs in the 20th minute after Beal was taken down inside the Southern Wesleyan box. Scardazzi tried to beat Warriors goalkeeper Jen Golio to the low left side but would be denied.
Both sides would trade good scoring opportunities late into the opening half with Davis and Golio keeping their respective teams in the contest. The Warriors would break the scoreless tie at the 44:15 mark off a corner. Schweiger would tip-in the cross from Romanowski to make it 1-0. Barton answered just 20 seconds later as Keegan took a cross from Harris in the top of the box to beat Golio and knot the score 1-1.
Golio would steal the show for the Warriors in the second half as she denied several good chances by BC. Barton looked to take lead in the 49th minute as Beal found herself alone at the top of the box but would be stopped by Golio. Keegan gained control of the rebound after the ball got away from Golio but would be unable to get her shot past the Warriors netminder.
Southern Wesleyan had a good look late in the half as Romanowski took a shot from the far-left wing that would be stopped by Davis in the 84th minute of play. Beal tallied the final shot of regulation as she tried to beat Golio from the top of the box in the 86th minute. Both sides ended regulation knotted 1-1 with BC holding a 26-9 advantage in shots.
Just 2:44 into the extra frame, Romanowski put herself in position to take a cross from Curtis that would allow her to beat Davis in the low left corner of the net. Romanowski's tally at the 92:44 mark was her team-leading fourth goal of the season for the Warriors.
Davis (1-1) stopped four shots in the contest while allowing a pair of goals. Golio (3-3-1) was impressive in the victory for the Warriors, stopping 11 shots that came her way. Golio recorded eight saves in the second half as Barton recorded 15 shots total shots in the half.
Barton hits the road for a pair of matches as the Bulldogs will face Regent on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. and league member, Limestone College on Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C.