Second-half rally for Barton women's soccer squad against Coker falls just short

Junior Taylor Doeble drives in for her first goal of the season in Wednesday's match against Coker College. | Photo by Cory Guinn
Junior Taylor Doeble drives in for her first goal of the season in Wednesday's match against Coker College. | Photo by Cory Guinn

by Benny Benton

WILSON, N.C.  – The Barton College women's soccer team fought back from a 3-0 halftime deficit with a pair of second-half goals, but the Lady Bulldogs could not add the equalizer needed to avoid a 3-2 home loss to Coker College on Wednesday at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.

Junior Taylor Doeble ended a scoreless streak of more than 233 minutes for the Lady Bulldogs (0-3) when she took a pass from freshman Brianna Boyd, drove down the right sideline, and scored into an open net after reserve keeper Ashton Knopf stumbled on the play.

Twelve minutes later, freshman Sarah Tinker made the most of her only shot attempt of the day, settling a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box and finishing a one-on-one chance against Knopf.

However, Coker (1-1) did not allow another Barton shot attempt in the match. The Lady Bulldogs did have one final opportunity after earning a corner kick with just over a minute to play, but the Cobras were able to clear the ball away and preserve their first win of the year.

Coker jumped on top in the match in the 22nd minute when junior Phoebie Eshen headed home a corner kick from Renee Ledesma. The Cobras struck again 11 minutes later, as freshman Ashley Hogg drove the middle of the pitch and dribbled around BC freshman keeper Megan Bolick to find a wide open net.

An own goal by Barton provided Coker with its final point of the half – and ultimately the game-winner. Following a corner kick, a BC defender tried to clear the ball but it struck off her teammate and into the goal.

For the first time this year, the Lady Bulldogs enjoyed an advantage in shots, 10 to 6. Coker's two keepers – Knopf and starter Shelby Middleton – combined for two saves, while Bolick had one save for BC.

Barton will try again for its first victory on Saturday when it opens Conference Carolinas play at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.