Barton drops overtime heartbreaker against Chowan, 2-1

Archived photo of junior Rebekah Beal, who netted her second goal of the season for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 overtime loss at home on Thursday against Chowan University. | Photo by Matt Proseus
Archived photo of junior Rebekah Beal, who netted her second goal of the season for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 overtime loss at home on Thursday against Chowan University. | Photo by Matt Proseus

by Doug Page

WILSON, N.C. – Junior Rebekah Beal scored in the 89th minute to pull the Barton College women's soccer team even with the Chowan University Hawks on Thursday night but the Hawks rallied to secure a 2-1 win in overtime against the Bulldogs.

Barton (6-6-1, 2-5-1) applied more pressure on the Hawks as the clock winded down in the second half of play before eventually delivering the equalizer. Chowan (6-5-1, 5-3-1) capitalized on an early chance to take a 1-0 lead and finished off a cross less than two minutes into the extra frame.

The Bulldogs honored six seniors on the squad prior to the start of the match with a ceremony at midfield. Senior Laisy Scardazzi tallied three shots on goal for the Bulldogs, while sophomore Syaani Harris delivered three shots on target. Beal netted her second goal of the season off her lone shot on goal for BC. Freshman Brenna Keegan also tallied a shot on goal for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Carolina Lucci paced the Hawks with three shots on goal and delivered both goals in the contest for Chowan. Five other Chowan players combined to record five shots on target in the contest. Sydney Henderson tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime for Chowan.

Chowan took advantage of a miscue by the Bulldogs just 10 minutes into the contest as Lucci found herself with an empty net ahead of her following a save by Barton junior netminder Megan Bolick. The tally was Lucci's seventh of the season and gave the Hawks some early momentum.

Harris looked to knot the score in the 17th minute with an opportunity that would be stopped by Chowan goalkeeper Olivia Borer. Scardazzi followed with another opportunity in the 30th minute as Borer would stand tall once again for the Hawks.

Late in the second half, Harris found herself with a golden opportunity to knot the score after getting behind the Chowan defense. Harris tried to chip a shot over Borer, who came out of the net towards Harris. Borer used her left arm to stop the shot by Harris and preserve the Hawks' lead.

With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Beal took a shot off a free ball at the top of the box that would beat Borer in the upper right-hand corner of the net to even the score 1-1 and give the Bulldogs new life in the contest.

Heading to overtime, Barton had the first chance to try and end the match as Harris recorded her third shot on goal as Borer denied the scoring chance at the 91:34 mark. Just 24 seconds later it would be Chowan who got past the Barton defense for a golden opportunity. Henderson worked to the right side of the box and crossed the ball to the middle for Lucci, who chipped the ball past Barton freshman goalkeeper Kianna Webb to secure the 2-1 victory.

The Bulldogs finished the match with a 13-9 advantage in shots, while both teams recorded eight shots on goal. Barton also held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks in the contest.

Webb (0-1) was handed with the loss despite making three saves in 58 minutes of work after relieving Bolick late in the first half of action. Bolick allowed one goal while making two saves in net through 35 minutes of work. Borer (4-5-1) finished with seven saves in the contest for Chowan and yielded just one goal in 92 minutes of action.

Barton hosts its final regular season matchup at home on Saturday as the Bulldogs face Lees-McRae College beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the BC Outdoor Athletic Complex. The Bulldogs close out the regular season with a pair of matches on the road.