by Doug Page
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Barton College women's soccer team snapped a four-match winless streak on Monday afternoon, recording a 2-1 victory against Converse College at Fulp Field in Spartanburg, S.C.
Barton (6-5-1, 2-4-1) produced a pair of goals in the first half and broke a 1-1 tie in the 25th minute of action. Converse (2-11, 1-8) recorded eight shots on frame in the contest as it looked to notch its second Conference Carolinas win of the season.
Senior Laisy Scardazzi recorded three shots on goal in the contest while adding her fifth goal of the season for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Syaani Harris netted her fifth goal of the season for BC while taking a pair of shots. Junior Rebekah Beal recorded a team-high seven shots in the contest and added her third assist of the season.
Converse was paced by a goal from Melissa Carlyle, who recorded a pair of shots on goal. Cassidy Marshall also netted a pair of shots on goal, while four other Converse players tallied a shot.
The Bulldogs tallied the first goal of the match in the 16th minute as Beal drove into the box before dropping the ball to Scardazzi, who beat Converse goalkeeper Darian Bankston to make it 1-0.
Carlyle countered with an equalizer at the 20:20 mark as she used a free kick to beat Barton netminder Megan Bolick. Both sides continued to push the offensive pressure in the half, as BC regained the lead in the 25th minute.
Harris would pick the pocket of a defender and make the most of the opportunity, beating Bankston to give the Bulldogs a one-goal cushion.
The netminders would steal the show in the second half as both goalies combined for eight saves. Bolick would be tested first in the 49th minute off a shot from A.C. Albritton. Scardazzi then looked to tally her second marker of the contest in the 54th minute with a header that would be denied by Bankston.
Bolick recorded three saves in the final ten minutes of the contest to preserve the BC lead. The junior goalkeeper would make a pair of stops in the 83rd and 84th minute off opportunities from Devyn Plyler and Morgan Tyler.
Barton freshman Caitlynn Bragg delivered the final shot of the contest at the 87:50 mark as Bankston made the stop to hold the score at 2-1.
The Bulldogs finished the match with a 19-11 advantage in shots, while both teams recorded eight shots on goal. Barton also held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.
Bolick (4-3-1) recorded six saves in net off seven total shots taken by Converse. Bankston (2-11) made six saves in the contest while facing eight shots.
Barton hosts its final regular season matchup at home on Saturday as the Bulldogs face Lees-McRae beginning at 1:30 at the BC Outdoor Athletic Complex. The Bulldogs close out the regular season with a pair of matches on the road.