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Lady Bulldogs ousted by Belmont Abbey on PKs

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GAFFNEY, S.C. — For the seventh and final time in 2018, the Barton College women’s soccer team was extended into extra time Friday night in the Conference Carolinas semifinals on the campus of Limestone College.

The Lady Bulldogs notched a second-half equalizer via a penalty kick from junior Rebekah Beal, but the match was left 1-1 after a pair of golden-goal overtimes, allowing No. 3 seed Belmont Abbey to pull away with a 3-1 decision in penalty kicks.

Barton, the No.7 seed, finished its season with a 10-6-2 record, including a 2-3-2 showing in overtime encounters. Belmont Abbey, seeded third, moved to 13-3-1 and will face top seed and host Limetone in Sunday’s championship match with a trip to the NCAA Division II tournament at stake.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at halftime before an infraction in the box awarded Barton a second-half penalty kick in the 71st. Beal approached the ball and slotted it high, tying the match at 1 where it remained until penalties. 

Morgan Patton put the Crusaders up in the 18th minute when she cranked a shot, collected her own rebound and put it past Megan Bolick down the middle.

In the best-of-5 penalty shootout, Barton fell behind 2-0 after missing its first two shots. In the third round, senior Macenzie Christensen put Barton on the board, but junior Laura Franco’s fourth-round attempt was saved, clinching the win for Abbey. 

Rebecca Fraser, a junior, missed wide left in the opening round, and trailing 1-0, Beal missed the frame with her high effort in the second.

Belmont Abbey went 3 for 3, using finishes from Sydney Pluhacek, Emma Ruppert and Allyson Elliott in succession. Elliott’s boot was the clincher. Bolick had eight saves for Barton, which was outshot by a 15 to 10 margin.

Barton careers ended for Aryanna Fahnestock, Laisy Scardazzi, Christensen and Ellen Jayne.

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