by Benny Benton
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Regionally-ranked Chowan University scored goals within the first three minutes of each half in claiming a 3-1 win over visiting Barton College Wednesday at Hawks Soccer Field.
Chowan (7-2-2, 3-1-2), No. 7 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Association Southeast Regional Ranking, ran its home record to 6-0-1 this year with the win. The Hawks are 5-0-1 in their last six matches. Barton fell to 2-9-1 overall and 0-6-1 in Conference Carolinas.
The Hawks took the lead just 2:18 into the match when Terell Williamson scored off a cross from the right wing by Mike Dowling.
It was the only shot on goal of the period for the Hawks, who had three total shots in the half. Still, Chowan took a 1-0 lead into the break, as Barton had just two attempts on frame and four total shots in the period.
The Hawks struck again right out of the gate to begin the second half. Just 3:04 into the final period, Williamson drove down the left side and fired a cross into the box for Carl Kennedy, who beat Barton keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik inside the left post to increase Chowan's advantage to 2-0.
Chowan kept its foot on the accelerator, adding a third goal five minutes later, again by Williamson. The two goals by Williamson in the contest gave the senior from Alexandria, Va., four goals in four career matches against the Bulldogs.
Barton scored its lone goal in the 67th minute when Tolly Beatson curled a free kick from 24 yards out past Chowan keeper Elliot Chadderton and inside the left post. The strike was the third of the season for the junior from London, England.
Both teams had seven second-half shots, but most of Chowan's misses were outside the net. Three of the Hawks' four shots on goal in the contest went in, leaving Hordvik with one save on the night. Chadderton posted five saves in the win for Chowan.
Barton will return home to face Emmanuel College in its next match on Saturday at 4 p.m., the second half of a conference doubleheader at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.