Barton men’s soccer prevails on Senior Day, 2-1 over Emmanuel (Georgia)

Barton freshman Nico Rocksien scored the match-winner for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 home win Saturday on Senior Day against Emmanuel.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton freshman Nico Rocksien scored the match-winner for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 home win Saturday on Senior Day against Emmanuel. Photo by Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's soccer team (11-3-1, 6-3) bounced back with a 2-1 triumph over Emmanuel (Georgia) (8-5-1, 4-3-1) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Electric Supply Company Field in Conference Carolinas action.

Barton received goals from freshman midfielder Nico Rocksien (Jersbek, GERMANY) – his first of the year – and junior forward Ruben Mancio (Olvera, SPAIN) and the Bulldogs were able to hold on for the victory and remain in sole possession of third place in the league standings.

Rocksien scored off a deflection off the post to open the scoring at the 10:06 mark while Mancio tallied his team-leading eighth goal of the year in the 83rd minute after being led down the right side by sophomore forward Jesus Navarro (Richlands, N.C.), who was credited with the assist.

Emmanuel's Sebastian La Cava-Abudoj (Suwanee, Ga.) cut the score in half with just over a minute later after finishing off a corner kick from Kevin Fitzgerald (Roscrea, IRELAND) right in front of the net but the Bulldogs were able to prevail.  Barton also held a 20-14 advantage in shots taken while senior Francisco Noguera (Santiago, CHILE) earned the win in goal after saving four shots.  The Lions' Giuliano Palma (Napoli, ITALY) made five stops despite the loss for Emmanuel.

Barton remains at home to take on USC Aiken in a non-conference regional match on Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m., while Emmanuel travels to Murfreesboro, N.C., to face Chowan next Saturday in a league match at 3:00 p.m.