by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Freshmen Sarah Tinker and Katie Christiansen provided second-half goals and junior keeper Haley Sauls recorded a career-high nine saves as Barton College edged Southern Wesleyan University, 2-1, in a Conference Carolinas match Saturday at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.
The win helped the Lady Bulldogs maintain a share of first place in the league at 3-0, and provided BC (4-3) with its fourth straight victory overall. The Warriors dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
After a scoreless first period, Tinker put Barton on the board in the 60th minute with her league-leading sixth goal of the year. The North Prince George, Va., resident finished a crossing pass from the left corner by junior Taylor Doeble.
Roughly six minutes later, the Warriors responded when junior transfer Lily Troyano collected her first goal for SWU, putting away a rebound off a Kayla Doyle corner kick.
However, the tie lasted for less than a minute, as Doeble and Chelsea Hawley strung together two one-touch passes, the latter one to Christiansen in the box, where she beat Southern Wesleyan keeper Courtney McNeil for the go-ahead goal in the 65th minute.
Doeble nearly added an insurance goal in the 78th minute, but the ball clanked off the crossbar and back into play.
Southern Wesleyan had its own shot rock the crossbar, that one off the foot of Rachel Curtis in the 28th minute of the first half, and a follow-up chip by Doyle sailed high.
The Warriors dominated play in the first half, posting 13 shots to just five for Barton, but Sauls recorded seven of her nine saves in the opening period to keep Southern Wesleyan off the board.
Sauls, a resident of Raleigh, N.C., improved to 3-0 on the year in net for the Lady Bulldogs and 5-0 in her Barton career.
BC will complete a four-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon by hosting Wingate University in a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup, then will head to Limestone College on Saturday for a battle between first-place teams in Conference Carolinas.