by Benny Benton
BANNER ELK, N.C. – Barton College junior Tolly Beatson scored his first goal of the season on a free kick early in the second half, but it was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs in a 4-1 loss at Lees-McRae College on Saturday.
The Bobcats (3-0-1, 1-0-0) scored on their very first shot attempt of the afternoon, a header off the post by Tom Deeley just 2:44 into the match.
Harvey McMorrow, who assisted Deeley's goal, combined with Nathan Watt on a double assist to Pol Vassart's score seven minutes later. Lees-McRae added a third goal just 16 minutes into the match on a header by Lasse Pedersen off assists from McMorrow and Taylor Gray.
Beatson gave the Bulldogs a glimmer of hope when he converted a free kick in the 51st minute to cut the deficit to 3-1, but Lees-McRae responded with its fourth goal in the 67th minute on a cross finished by Palle Jespersen.
The Bobcats enjoyed a 15-6 edge in shots in the match and an 11-8 advantage in corner kicks.
LMC keeper Tyler Pavlet posted two saves in the win, while Barton keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik collected four in the loss.
Barton will attempt to get back into the win column on Wednesday when it travels to face University of the District of Columbia. That match has been moved to the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., but remains a 3 p.m. start.