by John Karrs
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's soccer team improved to 4-1 on the year and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas play with a 2-0 shutout victory over Southern Wesleyan (2-6, 2-2) Monday afternoon in a make-up contest at the J. Burt Gillette Athletic Complex.
The Bulldogs, off to their best start in four seasons, received two first half-goals from Pol Monells (Barcelona, SPAIN) and Ruben Mancio (Cadiz, SPAIN) in the victory. Monells scored just 6:36 into the contest with a goal after finding the lower right corner of the net before Mancio notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 26th minute.
Mancio headed the ball into the net right in front thanks to a cross from Monells, who was credited with his team-leading third assist on the year. Barton also held a 23-8 advantage in shots taken while Francisco Noguera, a native of Santiago, CHILE, earned the shutout victory in goal while making two saves.
"First off, this was a really solid performance from our team," said Barton Head Men's Soccer Coach Ian McMichael. "Our seniors did a fantastic job in training this week and then performing on the field to lead us to earning six points in the league (these last two victories)."
Southern Wesleyan's goalkeeper, Miguel Uribe (Bogota, COLUMBIA), suffered the loss despite making eight saves.
"Ruben (Mancio), Pol (Monnells) and Tolly (Beatson) were in great form these past two matches creating and scoring goals and they deserve a ton of credit. Players like Julius (Stefansson), Rafael (Ribiero), Javier (Alcarria) and others who may not be scoring the goals are also performing at a high level to help this team. And, lastly, our assistant coach – Taylor (Morton) – did a really good job of helping the guys become familiar with our opponents. We spent a good amount of time during the break studying our opponents and Taylor was essential in those preparations," added McMichael.
Barton plays for the third time in four days on Tuesday when the Bulldogs travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to take on Regent beginning at 7:00 p.m. Southern Wesleyan faces Belmont Abbey in a Conference Carolinas contest next Saturday at 3:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.