by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's soccer team had a late-game rally fall short in a 2-1 loss to rival University of Mount Olive on Tuesday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Bulldog's overall record to 4-11-1 with a 2-6-1 mark in Conference Carolinas play, while the Trojans improved to 5-8-1 overall with a 4-5 league mark.
Neither side was able to gain a sizeable advantage through the early going of the match until Mount Olive's Kenneth Gilliam broke through for a goal in the 22nd minute. UMO held on to the lead for a one-goal edge at the halftime break.
After a rather uneventful beginning to the second half, the Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the 83rd minute of play. However, Barton junior David Vega scored his first career goal just 43 seconds later to cut the deficit back to one goal. The Bulldogs had two shots in the final minute of play but neither found the back of the net.
The Bulldogs held a 17-13 advantage in total shots, but UMO registered a 7-4 tally in shots on goal as Barton keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik had five saves in the contest.
Barton will conclude its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 29 with a match against King University in Bristol, Tenn. at 4 p.m.