by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Junior Laisy Scardazzi tallied a goal and added three assists for the Lady Bulldogs as the Barton College women's soccer team defeated University of Mount Olive 4-0 at home on Thursday in Conference Carolinas action.
Scardazzi, who tallied her fourth goal of the season for Barton in the 39th minute, gave the Lady Bulldogs (3-4-3, 2-1-3) a 2-0 lead over the Trojans (2-8, 1-4) after converting a penalty kick opportunity. Scardazzi helped to give BC an early advantage as she crossed a ball from the left wing to the middle of the box where sophomore Rebekah Beal deposited the ball into the back of the net. Beal's fourth goal of the season gave the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute.
Senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls was tested early and often in the opening half, recording four saves in net for Barton. The Trojans rattled off nine shots overall in the half, with most of the offensive looks coming with time winding down.
Mount Olive keeper Sterling Morris, who made her first start of the season in net for the Trojans, recorded one save after allowing two goals.
BC would add to its lead in the 54th minute of the second half as senior Taylor Doeble tallied her first goal of the season to make it 3-0. The Punta Gorda, Florida native scored from the top of the box after receiving a pass from Scardazzi and beating Morris. Beal started the play by redirecting the ball to Scardazzi after looking to take the initial shot.
Beal capped-off the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in the 72nd minute on a header that would come off a corner from Scardazzi.
Sophomore Megan Bolick entered the game in place of Sauls in the 76th minute for BC. The appearance in net was the third of the season for the Salisbury, North Carolina native. Bolick recorded three saves after entering the contest, but would deny the Trojans from converting a penalty kick in the 79th minute. Freshman Jaelyn Brown was awarded the opportunity after being fouled in the box and tried to beat Bolick to the right-side.
Mount Olive's Kendall Blaine tried valiantly to get her team into the goal column in the final minutes of the contest, taking three shots for the Trojans. One would find its way on net, with Bolick preserving the shutout.
Sauls finished the contest with five saves for BC, while Morris recorded two saves for the Trojans.
Mount Olive held a 18-11 advantage in shots and 8-6 edge in shots on goal. Corner kicks favored Barton in the contest, 4-3.
The Lady Bulldogs host Erskine College on Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. matchup.