by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's soccer team ended a four-game skid with an impressive offensive effort in a 3-0 victory against John Wesley University on Wednesday night at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.
The Bulldogs (2-4) were led by freshman Pol Monells, who gave Barton a two-goal advantage in the first half with tallies in the 19th and 38th minutes. John Wesley (3-4-1) registered just two shots on goal, but would keep the game within reach thanks to senior goalkeeper Tony Ramirez and his 10 saves on the night.
"We left a few goals out there tonight but overall a good team performance," Barton head coach Ian McMichael noted afterwards. "Our biggest take away from tonight is that we're making progress and improving. There is still another level in this group so we're looking forward to pushing to get there."
Monells kicked off the scoring for BC in the 19th minute of action as his shot would beat Ramirez from just outside of the box. The unassisted tally gave Monells his second collegiate goal in his first year with the Bulldogs.
Barton continued its offensive push in the opening half as Monells and fellow freshman Ruben Mancio peppered Ramirez with several close-range shots. After pushing the ball across midfield, Mancio found himself behind the Lions defense and would deliver a pass to the top of the box where Monells would do the rest of the work by firing a shot past Ramirez.
BC took a 2-0 lead into the break and held a 12-4 advantage in shots.
Junior midfielder Tolly Beatson found his own way to include himself in the action, taking seven of Barton's eight corner kicks on the night. His final corner kick, in the 78th minute found Mancio, who was in the box to the left of Ramirez. Mancio headed the ball to the right corner of the net to give BC a 3-0 lead.
Jens Madsen Hordvik recorded a pair of saves in net for the Bulldogs in the opening half as that would be the only action of the night for the senior from Arendal, Norway. Hordvik saw the Lions take five shots that wouldn't find the net in the second-half of action.
Barton outshot John Wesley 30-9 (13-2 on goal) in a contest that saw 22 combined fouls called.
The Bulldogs will look to get their first Conference Carolinas victory this season as they travel to Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday for a 4 p.m. kickoff against the Warriors in Central, S.C.