by Benny Benton
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Playing another road match just hours after returning from a six-hour trip to Erskine College, the Barton College women's soccer team fell flat Sunday in a 1-0 loss at Chowan University.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-7) may also have underestimated the Hawks (7-5-1), a team they beat 4-0 earlier in the year in Wilson. BC was further hampered by having to play 10-on-11 in the late stages of the match after freshman Brianna Boyd was issued a red card with just under 14 minutes left in the match.
Barton produced 12 shots in the contest, just one less than Chowan, but only three of those attempts were on goal, and all three were turned away by Hawks keeper Olivia Borer.
Five of the 13 shots by the Hawks were on goal, all by freshman Rebekah Beal. One of those attempts by Beal found the net in the 30th minute, a score into the far post after a breakaway. Barton keeper Haley Sauls recorded saves on the other four.
After recording just four total shots in the first half, Barton showed more aggressiveness in the second half, doubling that number with eight. However, that aggressiveness also resulted in 12 second-half foul calls against the Lady Bulldogs.
In addition to the red card for Boyd, two other Barton players received yellow cards, and the Lady Bulldogs were whistled for a total of 15 fouls in the contest compared to just five for the Hawks.
Barton, which picked up an important 4-2 Conference Carolinas victory at Erskine on Saturday, must regroup from the Chowan loss before hosting another crucial league match next weekend. The Lady Bulldogs, tied for fourth in the conference, will host fifth-place Lees-McRae College on Saturday.
The match will be included in the weekend's Homecoming festivities, and could be a pivotal match for seeding in the upcoming league tournament.