by Doug Page
CENTRAL, S.C. – The Barton College men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought contest against Southern Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Childs Field. The Warriors scored in the 116th minute of action to secure the 2-1 victory.
The Bulldogs (2-5, 0-3) were led by freshman Ruben Mancio, who gave BC a 1-0 advantage in the first half with his goal in the 23rd minute. Southern Wesleyan (3-4, 2-1) registered just one shot on goal in the second overtime session, but would make it count as senior Sergio Tapia converted on a penalty kick opportunity for his second goal of the afternoon.
Mancio helped to give the Bulldogs some momentum in their Conference Carolinas matchup with the Warriors as he broke a scoreless tie, beating Southern Wesleyan junior goalkeeper Miguel Uribe at the 22:59 mark for his third goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Jens Madsen Hordvik kept BC in front 1-0, making one save in the opening half of action. Hordvik would deny senior Juan Sebastian Castro's opportunity in the 43rd minute as Southern Wesleyan looked to even the score with the half winding down.
BC took a 1-0 lead into the break and held a 10-5 advantage in shots.
The Warriors would shift the momentum in the second half as they found themselves with several good scoring opportunities. Freshman Grant Kiker started the offensive attack for the Warriors in the 50th minute as he forced Hordvik to make his second save for Barton.
Just seven minutes later, senior Sergio Tapia knotted the score 1-1 for the Warriors, finding the back of the net at the 56:10 mark. The Bulldogs wouldn't shy away from trying to retake the lead as sophomore Iuri Aleixo had a chance to beat Uribe in the 58th minute. Uribe would win the battle, turning away Aleixo's shot.
The 90th minute saw the scoreboard read 1-1, sending the match to overtime. In the first overtime, Mancio found himself with the chance to potentially be the hero for BC as he fired a shot on net in the 104th minute. Uribe would once again turn-away the opportunity for the Warriors.
Headed to a second overtime, it seemed as if both sides would come-away with a tie. The game would get interesting in the 116th minute as a foul would be called against Barton, leading to a penalty kick for Southern Wesleyan. The Warriors turned to Tapia for the chance to end the game. Tapia would do just that, beating Hordvik for his second score of the match and giving Southern Wesleyan the 2-1 win.
Both teams took 20 shots, while Barton held a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal. Mancio recorded four shots on goal for BC.
The Bulldogs host Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Royals at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.