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The Barton women’s soccer team continued its climb in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas standings with a 1-0 triumph against visiting Erskine on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Jordyn Brown knocked in the only goal in the 32nd minute as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-1-3 in the conference and to 4-4-3 overall.
Barton registered its second shutout in as many days and is 3-0-1 in its last four matches. All three wins were conference shutouts.
Brown, in notching her team-high sixth goal, fielded a corner kick from junior Laisy Scardazzi and headed the ball past Erskine goalkeeper Sara Dooley. Scardazzi registered her team-high fifth assist and fourth in the last two matches.
The Lady Fleet’s best chance at the equalizer occurred on the opening play of the second half. Devyn Cabral charged and fired a shot from the right wing. However, the attempt was smothered by Barton senior keeper Haley Sauls.
Sauls wound up with two saves in claiming her fifth shutout.
The Lady Bulldogs threatened on a Scardazzi corner kick in the eighth minute. Freshman Hannah Beard’s header off the corner hit the left post. A follow header by senior Taylor Doeble was saved by Dooley. Brown and Scardazzi each launched near-misses in the second half.
Just two of Erskine’s nine shots were on goal, while Barton drilled 16 shots, five on goal. Dooley was credited with five saves.
The Lady Bulldogs continue conference play on the road Wednesday against a Chowan squad tied for second place. Barton moved into 4th place with Saturday’s win.