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BRISTOL, TENN. — The Barton College men’s soccer team was denied a top-division NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas finish with a 2-1 loss to King University to end its regular season Friday evening.
The Bulldogs dropped to 4-5-1 in the conference and to 8-6-1 overall. The outcome left Barton tied for sixth place with Emmanuel (Georgia) College in the 11-team conference. Erskine (South Carolina) College could also join the deadlock with one match remaining.
King seized the battle for fourth place, finishing 5-5 in the conference and improving to 8-6-1 overall.
The Bulldogs were limited to one shot as compared to 18 for the Tornado.
Still, Barton struck first on an own goal. On a corner kick, the King defense attempted to clear the ball and flicked it into the back of the Tornado net.
But about three minutes later, in the 34th minute, King netted the equalizer. Gabriel Rodrigues took a pass from Ben Delisle and, from the top of the box, buried a shot past Bulldogs goalkeeper Jacob Baird and into the right side of the net.
Some six minutes into the second half, King drilled in the decisive goal on a penalty kick from Carlos Saavedra. Only three shots were taken in the final 45 minutes.
Baird, a senior in his second start, wound up with four saves for the Bulldogs. Senior Daniel Gregory managed the lone Barton shot. which was stopped by Tornado keeper Dalton Gammon.
Seeing action for the first time this season for the Bulldogs were Denning Hudson, a sophomore from Wilson Christian Academy; Sean O’Brien, a sophomore from Hunt High; and Brendan Nance, a freshman from Hunt.
Barton will be one of eight teams advancing into the conference tournament, but will travel for the opening round on Tuesday.