by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Sophomore forward Rebekah Beal scored her ninth goal of the season for the Lady Bulldogs as the Barton College women's soccer team defeated King University, 1-0, on Saturday in a Conference Carolinas matchup at the Barton Outdoor Athletic Complex.
Beal, who produced seven shots in the game for Barton, gave the Lady Bulldogs (8-7-3, 5-3-3) the offensive spark needed in a low-scoring matchup against the Tornado (2-13-1, 2-9). Beal finished with four shots on net for BC, while eight other Lady Bulldogs recorded a shot on frame in the match. Senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls notched her seventh shutout of the season for Barton, making five saves on five shots.
The Lady Bulldogs would take the lead in the seventh minute as junior Jordyn Brown got behind King's goalkeeper, Olivia Drake, and sent a pass across box towards Beal. Beal would finish the play by sending the ball into the back of the net to give BC a 1-0 advantage.
Barton had plenty of offensive opportunities in the first half, taking 13 shots with eight finding the net. Drake kept the Tornado in the contest by stopping seven of the eight shots in the half. King recorded a pair of shots on goal in the first half as Sauls stopped both for BC.
King turned-up the offensive pressure in the second half of play, forcing Sauls to make a pair of early saves. Barton wouldn't go without their opportunities as Drake stopped all-four of BC's shots on frame.
Drake finished the contest with 11 saves in net for King, allowing just one goal.
Regan Dempsey and Miranda Smith each registered two shots on goal for King, while Catherine Walsh took a team-high three shots.
Barton held a 21-10 shot advantage in the contest, including a 12-5 margin on frame. The Lady Bulldogs took six corners on the afternoon, while King had two corners.
The Lady Bulldogs will wait to see on Monday who they will be matched up against in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas tournament. BC finished fifth in the standings, one point behind North Greenville University, who defeated Converse College 3-0 on Saturday.