Bulldogs and Lions battle to scoreless tie in double-overtime

PICTURED: Archived photo of junior Maddie Robertson, who recorded four shots on goal for the Bulldogs in a scoreless double-overtime tie on Saturday against Emmanuel. | Photo by Doug Page
PICTURED: Archived photo of junior Maddie Robertson, who recorded four shots on goal for the Bulldogs in a scoreless double-overtime tie on Saturday against Emmanuel. | Photo by Doug Page

by Doug Page

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Despite recording 15 shots on goal and controlling the tempo of play for most of the matchup, the Barton College women's soccer team battled to a scoreless tie in double-overtime against Emmanuel College on Saturday at the Stephens Athletic Complex.

Barton (5-4-1, 1-3-1) recorded nine shots on goal in the second half but was unable to beat Emmanuel goalkeeper Hannah Welch. The Lions (5-3-1, 4-1-1) recorded just three shots on goal in regulation but rallied to take a pair of shots on frame in the second overtime.

Junior Maddie Robertson paced the Bulldogs with four shots on goal in the contest, while junior Rebekah Beal delivered three shots on goal. Junior Amanda Barata along with sophomore's Hannah Beard and Syaani Harris combined to record six shots on goal for Barton.

Natalie Stevenson and Lindsay Lee each tallied a pair of shots on goal for the Lions, while Moriah Logue notched a shot on goal. Lee tallied a total of nine shots in the contest for Emmanuel, while Logue recorded five shots.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Bolick would be tested for the first time in the 43rd minute as Lee delivered a shot on frame that would be stopped by the native of Salisbury, N.C. The Bulldogs had a pair of late chances to try and get on the scoreboard as Harris took a shot in the 37th minute that would be stopped by Emmanuel netminder Hannah Welch. Senior Jordyn Brown would have another opportunity just three minutes later as her shot would be thwarted by Welch in the 40th minute.

In the second half, Barton had three chances in the final seven minutes of the contest to try and score the first goal of the contest. Beal had the first opportunity at the 83:54 mark but would be denied by Welch. Robertson followed with a pair of chances in the 87th and 90th minutes but would again see Welch stand tall in net for the Lions.

Barton recorded the only shot on goal in the first overtime period as Beard found herself with an opportunity to try and end the contest at the 99:41 mark. Welch would make the stop as the game headed to a second overtime period.

Emmanuel would bring the offensive pressure in the frame as Logue looked to beat Bolick in the 102nd minute of action. Stevenson followed with another opportunity in the 107th minute as Bolick would be able to deny both chances. The Bulldogs would have one final opportunity in the 109th minute as senior Laisy Scardazzi had her shot blocked by the Emmanuel defense at the 108:09 mark.

Bolick (3-2-1) recorded five saves in net for the Bulldogs as Emmanuel took a total of 23 shots overall. Welch (5-3-1) recorded 14 saves in net for the Lions, including nine in the second half as BC took a total of 26 shots in the match.

Barton returns home to face Chowan University on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in a Conference Carolinas matchup.