by Doug Page
BELMONT, N.C. – For the second straight game, junior Laisy Scardazzi tallied a goal for the Lady Bulldogs as the Barton College women's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday in Conference Carolinas action at Belmont Abbey College.
Scardazzi, who tallied her first goal in a Barton uniform last week against Southern Wesleyan University, pulled the Lady Bulldogs (2-4-3, 1-1-3) even with the Crusaders (6-2-1, 2-1-1) with her goal in the 88th minute. Scardazzi's third-goal of the season came on a header that would hit off the crossbar and beat Belmont Abbey goalkeeper Kaitlyn Paul.
The play developed after BC earned a corner late in the contest. Sophomore Laura Franco recorded her first assist of the season after playing the ball into the box and finding Scardazzi.
Both sides played to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes of action, with Belmont Abbey enjoying a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls stopped all-four shots that came her way for the Lady Bulldogs, while Paul recorded a pair of saves for the Crusaders.
BC would find a groove in the second half as the offense began to click. The Lady Bulldogs would force Paul to make a pair of saves in the half, while Sauls found herself just as busy in net, recording three saves.
The Crusaders would finally break the scoreless contest in the 86th minute of action as Allyson Elliott beat Sauls to give her team a 1-0 advantage. Barton stayed on the offensive, knotting the score at 1-1 just two minutes later.
Overtime saw both goalkeepers make crucial stops to keep their squads in the contest as Sauls recorded two saves, while Paul tallied one. The 10-minute session would go by with the score remaining 1-1 and setup a second overtime.
The best chance for BC to try and end the contest came in the 101st minute as Scardazzi would again find herself with a header opportunity off a corner from Franco. This time Paul would be up to the challenge and record the save and allow her team to counter with their own opportunity. In the 102nd minute, Morgan Patton found herself all alone after eluding a BC defender and looked to end the game, only to be denied by Sauls, who made arguably her best save of the afternoon.
The tie is the third of the season for the Lady Bulldogs and the first for Belmont Abbey.
Sauls finished the contest with a season-high 10 saves for BC, while Paul recorded six saves for the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey held a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal along with taking six corners in the contest.
Scardazzi and junior Rebekah Beal tallied a team-high five shots each for Barton, while Patton took nine shots for the Crusaders.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action next week when they host University of Mount Olive on Thursday for a 5 p.m. matchup.