Strong-finishing Lady Bulldogs clip King, 4-1

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BRISTOL, TENN. — Wet and dreary conditions didn’t overly bother the Barton College women’s soccer team Friday afternoon.

The Lady Bulldogs completed the regular season with a 4-1 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas triumph against King University at Bristol High School. 

The third consecutive win vaulted Barton to 5-5-1 in the conference and to 9-6-1 overall. The Lady Bulldogs await their seeding for next week’s conference tournament. The Tornado plunged to 2-9 and 2-14, respectively.

Barton got a goal each from senior Laisy Scardazzi, sophomore Syaana Harris, junior Amanda Barata and senior Jordyn Brown. Harris netted her sixth 2018 goal.

Junior Rebekah Beal notched her team-leading sixth assist, while redshirt junior Emma Mitchell and Scardazzi were each credited with an assist.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Harris took a feed from Scardazzi and, when the King goalkeeper came out of the net in trying to stop the pass, Harris found the back of the net. Less than two minutes later, Scardazzi matched Harris’ sixth goal on a shot from some 30 yards out that beat King keeper Lindsey Dunham.

The Tornado trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the 43rd minute, when Maggie Olvera controlled a loose ball and beat Barton keeper Megan Bolick with ther shot.

But 18 seconds later, the Lady Bulldogs owned a 3-1 halftime cushion. Barata controlled a loose ball and knocked in her second goal of 2018.

Barton’s final goal came in the 56th minute. Brown headed the ball that came off the crossbar past Dunham. Leading to the goal was Beal’s free kick from midfield that followed a King foul.

Bolick notched one save in nearly 68 minutes of action. Freshman Kianna Webb managed two saves in 22-plus minutes.

The Lady Bulldogs claimed a 13-4 margin shots while King had a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.

Barton plays in the conference tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday.