by Benny Benton
DUE WEST, S.C. – Barton College freshman Katie Christiansen scored two second-half goals to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 4-2 Conference Carolinas road victory at Erskine College on Saturday.
With the win, Barton improved to 6-6 overall and 5-3 in league play. The Flying Fleet dropped to 3-10 on the year and 2-6 in the conference.
Christiansen broke a 1-1 halftime tie with a goal off an assist from Taylor Doeble just 2:25 into the second period. The Niantic, Conn., resident added BC's final score of the day with just under seven minutes to play to complete the first multi-goal game of her young career. She now has four goals on the year.
In-between Christiansen's two goals, fellow freshman Brianna Boyd scored in the 64th minute. It was also her fourth goal of the season, and her third in her last four matches.
Barton was spotted an early lead thanks to an own goal by Erskine just 12 minutes into the match. However, Ani Miller-Wells tied the match in the 24th minute, scoring her third goal of the year for the Fleet off an assist from Kayla Kieffer.
The two sides went to intermission still tied at 1-all before Christiansen put BC into the lead for good with her first goal of the day very early in the period.
Erskine cut the final deficit to 4-2 when Alex Vinson scored with just 1:09 left in the match.
Barton keeper Haley Sauls had five saves in goal for the Lady Bulldogs, while Abbigale Schmidt turned away seven shots in the loss for Erskine.
The Lady Bulldogs will hit the road again on Sunday, visiting Murfreesboro, N.C., for a non-conference matchup with Chowan University. The two sides met earlier this year in Wilson, with Barton claiming a 4-0 win in that contest.