by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College sophomore Rebecca Fraser made her first career goal a good one, scoring on a beautiful header in the 64th minute to provide the go-ahead goal in BC's 2-1 Conference Carolinas victory over visiting Emmanuel College Saturday at the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex.
With the win, Barton moved to 5-5-3 overall and jumped into fourth place in the league at 4-2-3. Emmanuel slipped to 5-6-1 overall and 2-5-1 in the conference.
Fraser, a resident of Chesapeake, Va., sprinted left to right through the box and leaned in for the header, which she placed inside the right post off a corner kick from fellow sophomore Laura Franco.
It was the second assist of the day for Franco. The Leo, Ind., resident also served a ball into the box in the first half off a corner kick, and junior Jordyn Brown fired it into the left side of the net past Emmanuel keeper Marina Eisenhut to put Barton in front 1-0 in the 18th minute. The goal was the team-high seventh of the year for Brown, a resident of Logan, Utah.
The Lady Bulldogs took the 1-0 lead into intermission, but the Lions quickly tied the match just 4:13 into the second half on a penalty kick by Stephanie Lamm following a foul call against Barton inside the box.
Outside of the PK, Emmanuel produced just one other shot on goal in the match, an attempt that was stopped by Barton keeper Haley Sauls for her lone save of the day.
The Lions did have a dangerous chance late in the match after Sauls stepped out on a lobbed pass, but Barton redshirt senior defender Jessica Lime cleared the ball away to stop the threat.
Emmanuel had four total shots in the match, while Barton produced eight. Eisenhut registered a pair of saves for the Lions, and reserve keeper Hannah Welch added one more while playing the final 13 minutes.
The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, S.C., for a 6 p.m. non-conference matchup with Columbia International University.