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Via familiar script, Lady Bulldogs lock up spot in postseason

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MOUNT OLIVE — Stop someone if you’ve heard this before.

The Barton College women’s soccer team emerged from a 2018 game with a 2-1 scoreline.

That’s what happened for the eighth time in 15 matches Tuesday afternoon as the Lady Bulldogs clinched a spot in the 2018 Conference Carolinas tournament with a 2-1 victory over archrival University of Mount Olive at Amon Field.

Barton, which now boasts a 4-4 record in such encounters, improved to 8-6-1 and 4-5-1 in conference play with the win, and acquired the three points needed to secure its tournament position with one match remaining at King on Friday.

With one league match to go, Barton sits in seventh place with 13 points. Emmanuel and Erskine are tied for fifth with 16 points and are reachable depending on final-match results. Mount Olive, which will require a victory over Southern Wesleyan to qualify for the field, dropped to 4-8 in all matches and 3-7 in league play.

After a scoreless first half, the Lady Bulldogs rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the second half, both via assists from junior Rebekah Beal.

In the 64th minute, junior Rebecca Fraser headed in a cross from Beal for the equalizer and in the 72nd, junior Amanda Barata slammed in a deflection off UMO goalkeeper Marlayna Frutiger that was created via a Beal strike.

The rally was necessitated by Jaelyn Brown’s goal for UMO in the 51st minute from teammate Elena Esparica.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Bolick had four saves for Barton, which outshot UMO 18-14 and generated nine corner kicks to four for the Trojans.

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