by Doug Page
MARS HILL, N.C. – Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bolick made six second-half saves for the Lady Bulldogs, but a 32nd minute tally from Julia Johnson gave Mars Hill University a 1-0 victory over Barton College on Wednesday at Meares Stadium.
Bolick, who started the second-half in net for Barton, gave the Lady Bulldogs (7-7-3) a chance to knot the score after facing a barrage of shots from the Lions (3-11-1). Freshman Kylie Bowers registered Barton's best opportunity to tie the contest in the 59th minute. Mars Hills goalkeeper Kaitlyn Danglemaier denied Bowers' scoring chance by making an acrobatic save.
Mars Hill controlled the pace of play for a majority of the opening half, recording a total of seven shots against the Lady Bulldogs. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Sauls would be tested early and often for BC with the Lions taking their first shot on goal in the 12th minute.
Barton looked to counter the Lions' offensive attack after a trio of shots by Mars Hill missed the net. Johnson broke the scoreless tie in the 32nd minute, beating Sauls after breaking through the Barton defense. Leah Hairfield played the ball forward to Johnson after working the ball across midfield. Sauls made another stop for the Lady Bulldogs less than a minute later as Maegan Didden fired a shot on net in the 33rd minute.
Trailing 1-0, junior Laisy Scardazzi found herself with an opportunity to pull BC even with the Lions. Scardazzi took a shot for the Lady Bulldogs in the 82nd minute but would miss just wide of sneaking the ball past Danglemaier. Barton would take its first corner kick of the contest at the 81:48 mark, with the opportunity being cleared away by the Lions.
Junior Jordyn Brown had a header rattle off the crossbar in the 85th minute for the Lady Bulldogs to continue the offensive pressure for BC with time winding down.
Bolick finished the contest with six saves on six shots in net for Barton, while Sauls made two saves on three shots in the first half. Danglemaier earned the win in net for the Lions after stopping the lone shot on goal that she faced.
Johnson and Hairfield each registered two shots on goal for Mars Hill, with Hairfield take five total shots for the Lions.
The Lions outshot Barton 18-3 in the contest, including a 9-1 advantage on frame. Mars Hill earned five corner kicks, while the Lady Bulldogs had two.
The Lady Bulldogs return home to finish the regular season on Saturday, hosting King University as part of Homecoming Weekend at 12 p.m.