by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Senior Laisy Scardazzi's goal in the 39th minute wouldn't be enough in the end for the Barton College women's soccer team as the Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime at home against Belmont Abbey College in a Conference Carolinas matchup.
Barton (5-4, 1-3) held its lead into the 56th minute of play until the Crusaders answered with the equalizer. Belmont Abbey (8-1, 4-1) recorded seven shots on goal in the second half of action and held a 28-11 edge overall in shots on the night.
Scardazzi recorded a pair of shots on goal for the Bulldogs, including her fourth goal of the season that tied her for the team lead with freshman Brenna Keegan. Junior Rebekah Beal and Keegan each recorded a pair of shots on net, while seniors' Macenzie Christensen and Jordyn Brown each tallied a shot on goal in the contest.
Morgan Patton and Mackenzie Lewis paced the Crusaders with a combined six shots on frame in the match. Patton tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the season to knot the score 1-1, while Lewis recorded all her shots in the second half and overtime frame. Cassidy Calhoun also recorded a pair of shots on goal for Belmont Abbey.
Barton found its way on the scoreboard first in the contest as Scardazzi would take a free kick after being followed by the Crusaders. Scardazzi found the upper left corner to beat Belmont Abbey goalkeeper Caroline Lauer at the 38:15 mark. Scardazzi's marker would be the only shot to find the back of the net in the opening half as Lauer recorded four saves, while BC's junior netminder Megan Bolick recorded three saves.
The Crusaders were credited with six corners in the opening half as the Barton defense did its part in helping to keep the ball out of the net by making a pair of team saves. The Bulldogs denied an attempt by the Crusaders' Sabrina Bologna at the 24:30 mark and another just five seconds later off an attempt from Calhoun.
Belmont made a switch in net to start the second half as freshman Lauryn Harding took over for Lauer. Keegan would test Harding right-away as she found herself behind the Crusader defense and a wide-open look at the net. Harding denied the shot by Keegan at the 52:55 mark as she tried to beat the goalie to the right side of the net. Harding would make another save against Keegan in the 56th minute off a header following a foul by the Crusaders.
Patton answered for the Crusaders at the 55:37 mark as she took a pass from Bologna at the top of the box and beat Bolick after weaving her way through the BC defense. Both netminders would make several saves with time winding down in the half as the teams played until the horn sounded to end the second half.
There would only by one shot recorded in the overtime frame as Lewis delivered a shot from six yards out and chipped it over the head of Bolick to give Belmont Abbey a 2-1 victory just 1:48 into extra-time. The tally was Lewis' first of the season as it gave the Bulldogs their second loss in overtime this season.
Bolick (3-2) played spectacularly in net, recording nine saves for Barton on 11 shots. Lauer took a no-decision for Belmont Abbey despite making four saves in the opening half. Harding (1-0) recorded her first collegiate victory, making three saves on three shots in the second half for the Crusaders.
Barton heads to Franklin Springs, Ga. on Saturday to face Emmanuel College at 1:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will look to snap a three-match skid in conference play against the Lions.