by Doug Page
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Barton College women's soccer team saw its season come to an end on Monday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Conference Carolinas tournament. Michaela Gleed's tally in the 57th minute propelled North Greenville University to a 1-0 victory over the Lady Bulldogs at Pepsi Stadium.
The Lady Bulldogs finish the season with an overall mark of 8-8-3 and 5-4-3 record in conference action. The Crusaders, who advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament, improve to 9-6-4 overall and 7-4-1 in conference play.
Barton had several scoring opportunities in the opening half but would be turned away each time by North Greenville goalkeeper Madelynn Schober. Senior Taylor Doeble took the first shot of contest for BC, trying to beat Schober in the third minute.
Scoreless in the 31st minute, sophomore Rebekah Beal narrowly missed giving the Lady Bulldogs a lead as Schober made a huge save for the Crusaders. Senior goalkeeper Haley Sauls would be tested for the first time in the 33rd minute as Asheton Robinson produced a scoring opportunity for the Crusaders.
Doeble and senior defender Nikki Helton both registered shots for Barton that would again be saved by Schober. The pair of opportunities came just five seconds apart in the 38th minute and would keep the game scoreless.
Barton held a 6-3 edge in shots heading into the locker room, including a 4-1 advantage on frame.
Junior Jordyn Brown looked to get the Lady Bulldogs onto the scoreboard in the 48th minute but would be unable to beat Schober. Brittany Waldrep tallied the Crusaders' first shot of the half in the 53rd minute. Sauls stood tall in net for BC, denying the scoring chance.
North Greenville broke the scoreless tie in the 57th minute as Gleed finished a corner kick from teammate Karly Denaburg with a header, beating Sauls to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage. Barton would take five more shots throughout the remainder of the contest with Schober unwilling to allow any of them to beat her.
The final opportunity for BC to try and knot the score came in the 90th minute as sophomore Laura Franco took a corner for the Lady Bulldogs. Sophomore Maddie Robertson headed the ball on frame, but Schober would deny the chance for Barton to tie the score.
Schober finished the contest with 10 saves in net for North Greenville, while Sauls recorded three saves for BC.
Doeble, Helton, and Robertson each recorded two shots on goal for Barton in the contest.
Barton held a 13-6 shot advantage in the contest, including a 10-4 margin on frame. The Lady Bulldogs took four corners, including three in the second half, while North Greenville had three corners.
The 2017 Conference Carolinas women's soccer All-Conference team will be announced at the Final Four All-Conference Awards Luncheon.