by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Senior Jordyn Brown scored a pair of goals to guide the Barton College women's soccer team past Lees-McRae College, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Barton College Outdoor Athletic Complex.
Barton (7-6-1, 3-5-1) played in its sixth overtime match this season and delivered 13 shots on goal as the Bulldogs closed out their regular season home schedule with an exciting victory against the Bobcats. Lees-McRae (2-12, 2-7) made the most of the one shot that it recorded in the match as the Bobcats tied the match with 50 seconds left in the first half.
Brown added her second and third goals of the season in the match for the Bulldogs. Senior Laisy Scardazzi recorded four shots on goal in the contest, while junior Rebekah Beal tallied a pair of shots on goal for BC. Five other Bulldogs recorded one shot on goal in the contest. The Bulldogs took a total of 31 shots in the contest with Beal and Scardazzi combining for 15.
Pali Smith tallied her second goal of the season for the Bobcats and took a pair of shots, while Maddie Olsen took a pair of shots for Lees-McRae. Nicole Shapiro recorded one shot in the contest for the Bobcats.
Barton wouldn't wait long to take a lead in the contest as Brown deposited a rebound off a save from Lees-McRae netminder Alexis Feely into the back of the net from the right side of the box. The tally, which came just 17 seconds into the contest, followed a shot from Beal that got away from Feely.
Feely would keep her team in the contest, making five saves throughout the rest of the half. The Bulldogs looked to take their lead into the break until Smith turned a defensive miscue by Barton inside the box into a game-tying tally at the 44:10 mark. The Bulldogs held a 14-1 advantage in shots and took four corners in the half.
Barton recorded five more shots on goal in the second half but would be denied on each opportunity by Feely. The Bulldogs had two late scoring chances as Scardazzi had her shot denied by Feely in the 85th minute. Junior Maddie Robertson followed with a chance in-close on Feely in the 89th minute but would be unable to chip the ball over the goalie.
The teams would head into overtime knotted 1-1 and just like the start of the contest, it wouldn't be long until the Bulldogs ended the contest. Sophomore Hannah Beard fired a shot on goal that deflected off the hands of Feely and bounced off the crossbar at the 90:21 mark. Brown found the loose ball and deposited it into the empty net to secure the 2-1 victory just 23 seconds into overtime.
Bolick (5-3-1) recorded the victory in net for the Bulldogs despite not recording a save. Feely (2-10) suffered the loss for the Bobcats despite recording 11 saves in net for the Bobcats.
Barton closes out the regular season with a pair of Conference Carolinas matches on the road as the Bulldogs head to Mount Olive on Oct. 23. BC travels to King (Tenn.) on Oct. 26 to wrap up the regular season.