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GAFFNEY, S.C. — Barton College sent a powerful message that it is a force with which to be reckoned in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas men’s soccer as the Bulldogs took down nationally No. 24-ranked Limestone 4-2 on Saturday.
It was the second win against a nationally ranked team for Barton, which rose to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league matches with its fourth straight victory. Meanwhile, the Saints, the preseason picks to win Conference Carolinas after sweeping the regular-season and tournament titles in 2017, dropped to 6-2 and 3-2 in conference play.
Barton, off to its best start since going 7-1 to open the 2011 season, twice fought back from deficits at Saints Field. Limestone’s Tristyn de Laaf scored in the 11th minute before Barton sophomore forward Ruben Mancio connected on a pass from Pol Monells in the 40th minute.
Limestone led again in the second half on Kristian Moore-Cowel’s free-kick goal in the 52nd minute. But a little more than five minutes later, Monells scored unassisted to draw the Bulldogs even again.
Mancio put Barton in front for good when, again off a Monells through ball, stuck the ball in the net from the left side in the 60th minute. Senior midfielder Tolly Beatson added the insurance goal in the 84th minute on a pass from Mancio.
The Bulldogs, picked to finish ninth in Conference Carolinas, only managed five shots but four found the net while the Saints were credited with 14 shots.
Bulldogs goalkeeper Francisco Noguera made three saves.
Barton will host Francis Marion in a nonconference test Wednesday at 7 p.m. before returning to league action Saturday afternoon against Emmanuel in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
Dropping 11 of its first 14 matches has had little effect on the Barton women’s volleyball team in Conference Carolinas play as the Lady Bulldogs notched their fourth league win without a loss with a four-set win over visiting King on Saturday at Wilson Gym.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-11 overall with the 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22 victory while the Tornado fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in conference outings.
Sophomore Kaytlin Elkins posted 20 kills and 10 digs for Barton while senior Allie Cullens had 11 kills and three solo blocks. Senior Haley Headley also had 11 kills while senior setter Angelica Acevedo recorded 43 assists and 15 digs.
Barton concludes its three-match homestand Tuesday against conference foe Chowan.
Lady Bulldogs blanked at Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. — Held to just three shots in the match, the Barton women’s soccer team watched host Limestone break open a tight match with three second-half goals on the way to a 4-0 victory Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped Barton to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas action while the Saints, the conference coaches’ preseason choice to win the league, rose to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in league outings.
Freshman goalkeeper Kristin Davis made four of her five saves in the first half for Barton.
The Lady Bulldogs host Belmont Abbey on Wednesday in another league test.
Barton competes in Queen City Invite
CHARLOTTE — Freshmen continued to lead the way for the Barton men’s and women’s cross-country teams as both squads competed in the Queen City Invite on Friday at McAlpine Creek Park.
Hailey Russell, a freshman from Jacksonville, led the Lady Bulldogs with a time of 19 minutes, 52 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. She finished 103rd. Other scorers for Barton were Meghan Araldi (182nd, 22:03), Morgan Lane (208th, 23:07) and Taylynn Blunt (232nd, 25:33).
Noel Palmer of Liberty was the winner in 17:10 while Duke claimed the women’s team title.
Deshawn Owens, a freshman from C.B. Aycock High, paced the Bulldogs with a time of 28:18 over the 8K distance, good for 133rd place. The other three scorers for the Barton men was Nicholas Leek (142nd, 28:33), Timothy DeVore (167th, 29:17) and Eduardo Castellanos (241st, 37:03).
Liberty claimed the team title by sending the first four runners across the finish line, including winner Azaria Kirwa in 23:54.
Both Barton teams hit the course again Friday, Oct. 12, in the Pirate Invitational at Lake Kristi in Greenville.