by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's soccer team found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-0 score against Queens University of Charlotte on Wednesday night in Wilson, N.C. The Royals scored just 11:27 into the match en route to the victory against the Bulldogs in non-conference action.
The Bulldogs (2-6) had a tough time solving the Queens defense in the opening half, registering just one shot, while the Royals (4-3-2) recorded 11 shots and put six on frame.
BC senior goalkeeper Jens Madsen Hordvik stood tall in net for the Bulldogs after allowing the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. Queens freshman Keegan Burton found himself with an opportunity to score in the box after junior Edmundo Robinson redirected a ball that would be played to him. Burton would sneak the ball in towards the left post to make it 1-0.
The Royals stayed on the offensive after jumping ahead early in the contest, forcing Hordvik to make several lunging saves for Barton. Junior goalkeeper Sergio Lemus didn't see much action in the opening 45 minutes of his first start of the season for Queens with Barton freshman Ruben Mancio taking the only shot, which would go wide for the Bulldogs.
Barton looked for some quick offense in the second half, but Queens countered with another tally to up its lead to 2-0 in the 51st minute of play. Freshman Michael Hornsby, who assisted on the Royals first goal, took a corner for Queens and found Robinson in the box for a header that would beat Hordvik to make it 2-0.
The aggressive play of Hordvik led to a penalty kick for the Royals in the 65th minute as Hordvik appeared to make contact with Robinson before getting to the ball. Robinson tried to bury the ball in the left corner of the net but would be denied by Hordvik. The frenzy continued as Robinson would get another opportunity off the rebound with a header being punched away by Hordvik and finally a shot that would miss high from senior Caio Maciel, resulting in a goal-kick for the Bulldogs.
That sequence of plays seemed to energize the Bulldogs as the offense would produce six shots over the next 10-minutes of play, starting with junior Tolly Beatson and his shot from the left wing in the 70th minute that would be saved by Lemus. Mancio followed with a pair of scoring opportunities in the 74th and 75th minute for BC, with both being stopped by Lemus.
Junior Rafael Ribiero would be next in line for Barton to try and beat Lemus as he took a shot from the top of the box that almost eluded the fingertips of the Queens goalie in the 76th minute. On his fifth shot of the half, Mancio tried to produce the best scoring opportunity for the Bulldogs as he chipped the ball over the head of Lemus, only to see the ball hit off of the left post.
The valiant offensive effort in the second half from Barton would fall just short as Queens held on for the 2-0 victory.
Queens finished the contest with an 18-9 advantage in shots and a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams took seven corner kicks on the night, with Barton taking five in the second half.
Barton returns to Conference Carolinas play on Saturday for a 4 p.m. kickoff in Belmont, N.C. against Belmont Abbey College.