by Doug Page
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Despite rallying on two separate occasions, the Barton women's soccer team fell 3-2 against Pfeiffer University on Tuesday night. The Falcons scored the decisive goal off of a rebound in the 82nd minute and would hold-off a late rally by the Bulldogs.
The former Conference Carolina foes battled to a 1-0 score through the opening 45 minutes of action with Pfeiffer scoring in the sixth minute. Both teams would score a pair of goals in the second half as BC tied the game in the 47th (1-1) and 56th minute (2-2).
Barton (1-4-2) looked to get some early momentum in the contest, but Pfeiffer (3-3) found an opening as freshman Gabby Bosak beat BC senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls just 5:22 into the contest to make it 1-0.
The Lady Bulldogs quickly turned offensive in hopes of finding the equalizer before the end of the half. Pfeiffer sophomore goalkeeper Kaley Hyatt was forced to make a pair of big saves for the Falcons, keeping her team in front 1-0.
Both keepers tallied a pair of saves in the half and BC would take the only corner kick.
Sophomore Rebekah Beal sparked the Bulldogs offense early in the second half, finding the back of the net in the 47th minute to even the score 1-1. The tally was the third of the season for Beal and came unassisted.
Pfeiffer didn't waste any time in waiting to retake the lead as freshman Cayci Eaton beat Barton sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bolick inside the box just 49 seconds after Beal's marker to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
In the 56th minute, Barton junior Jordyn Brown found the magic touch as she took a pass from senior Taylor Doeble, finding an opening against a sprawling Hyatt to knot the score 2-2. The score was Brown's team-leading fifth of the season, while the helper from Doeble gave her a team-high three on the season.
Barton would be unable to beat Hyatt the rest of the way as she came up with save after save for the Falcons, including a one-on-one encounter with Beal in the 79th minute. Pfeiffer scored the eventual game-winner in the 82nd minute as Eaton notched her second tally of the contest, finishing off an initial shot from freshman Maddie Capel that would be saved by Bolick but deflect towards Eaton.
Pfeiffer ended the night with a 14-9 edge in total shots, including an 8-6 margin in shots on goal. Sauls finished the contest with two first-half saves in net for Barton, while Bolick recorded three saves for the Bulldogs.
Barton will return to league play on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a match at Southern Wesleyan University.