by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's soccer team produced its best defensive effort against Limestone College in six years, holding the Saints to a single goal for the first time since 2011, but a lack of offense still resulted in 1-0 loss Saturday at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.
The Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2) turned away 12 of Limestone's 13 shot attempts on the day, eight of them stopped by senior keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik.
However, the Saints (3-1-1, 2-0) were able to find the net in the 30th minute when Conor Young fired a pass from the left wing into the box for Luca Thuyl, who converted the chance for his first goal of the season.
Barton was limited to two shots in the contest, both by Tolly Beatson. The junior midfielder fired a shot from the far left wing that was stopped by Limestone's second-half keeper, Mirko Ronchi, and made another attempt that was blocked by a Limestone defender.
While it was not reflected in shots taken, Barton did put considerable pressure on the Saints in the final 10 minutes, looking for the equalizer. However, a Limestone defense that has allowed just two goals and 24 total shots in four matches so far this year held up to the challenge.
The Bulldogs will attempt to get back into the win column on Wednesday when they host John Wesley University in a 7 p.m. non-conference match.