by Doug Page
DUE WEST, S.C. – Sophomore Syaani Harris tallied her fourth goal of the season in the 58th minute, but it wouldn't be enough as the Barton College women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision on the road against Erskine College on Saturday.
Barton (5-5-1, 1-4-1) allowed a pair of early goals in the first half and dropped its third match through its last four outings. Erskine (6-5-1, 5-2-1) used a pair of goals from Devyn Cabral, who recorded three shots on goal for the Flying Fleet.
Harris delivered a pair of shots on goal for the Bulldogs, including a tally at the 57:04 mark of the second half that trimmed the Erskine lead to 2-1. Senior Jordyn Brown recorded one shot on frame for Barton while adding her second assist of the season on Harris' marker. Junior Rebekah Beal took four shots in the contest for BC, while senior Macenzie Christensen took one shot.
Cabral paced the Flying Fleet with four shots and three on net, while Edie Demedicis tallied two shots on goal in the contest. Vivian Gonzalez and Maddi Cole each took a shot for Erskine. Cole and Allston Kullman each netted an assist for the Flying Fleet.
The Flying Fleet would take a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute as Cabral netted her third goal of the season. The ball would be played in off a free kick from 35 yards out as Cabral beat Barton junior goalkeeper Megan Bolick. The Bulldogs looked to answer just 18 seconds later as Harris had her first opportunity of the match. Erskine netminder Sara Dooley would thwart the chance and keep her team in front of the Bulldogs.
Cabral added her second goal of the match and fourth of the season off an assist from Cole, who crossed the ball to Cabral for the score to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute.
Bolick made a stop early in the second half for the Bulldogs as Demedicis tried to beat the Bulldogs netminder at the 51:43 mark. Demedicis followed with another shot on frame in the 57th minute only to be stopped again by Bolick.
Barton found its way on the scoreboard in the 58th minute as Brown crossed a ball to Harris, who beat Dooley to cut the deficit to 2-1. Both sides would lock-in defensively as the next shot on frame wouldn't come until the 84th minute of action. Cabral looked to complete the hat-trick for the Flying Fleet but would be denied by Bolick at the 83:19 mark. Barton would have one last opportunity to try and knot the score as Brown took a shot in the 86th minute that would be stopped by the Flying Fleet.
The Bulldogs finished the match with a 10-8 advantage in shots, while Erskine held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. The Flying Fleet recorded seven corners in the contest, while the Bulldogs tallied five.
Bolick (3-3-1) recorded three saves in net off five total shots taken by the Flying Fleet. Dooley (6-5-1) made one save in the contest while allowing one goal for Erskine. The Flying Fleet also recorded one team save in the match.
Barton returns to action on Monday as the Bulldogs travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to face Converse College at 3 p.m. in a Conference Carolinas matchup.