Barton men’s soccer scores late to tie North Carolina Wesleyan, 1-1

Barton junior Ruben Mancio assisted on the Bulldogs’ lone goal in a 1-1 tie with North Carolina Wesleyan Wednesday night at home.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton junior Ruben Mancio assisted on the Bulldogs’ lone goal in a 1-1 tie with North Carolina Wesleyan Wednesday night at home. Photo by Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's soccer team (2-1-1) scored with just under eight minutes remaining in the second half to force extra sessions and eventually tie North Carolina Wesleyan (4-1-1), 1-1, after two overtimes Wednesday at the Bulldogs Athletic Complex.

Barton freshman forward David Breitenbach (Manheim, GERMANY) tied the score with his team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 82:03 mark of the second half.  Junior forward Ruben Mancio (Cadiz, SPAIN) found Breitenbach in the box in the front of the net with the latter finishing with a one-touch kick to the top right corner of the net.  Mancio was credited with the assist.

The Battling Bishops scored first in the 55th minute when Joseph Brooks' (Bristol, ENGLAND) shot from about 25 yards out at the top slightly grazed a Bulldogs' defender which startled the goalkeeper and found the bottom right corner. The goal was Brooks' second of the season but North Carolina Wesleyan was kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

N.C. Wesleyan held a 17-15 edge in shots taken while Tobias Borzel (Litzendorf, GERMANY) stopped six shots in goal.  Meanwhile, Barton freshman goalkeeper Jacob Randolph (Metairie, La.) made seven saves on the night.  Both keepers played all 110 minutes.

Barton returns to Conference Carolinas play on Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Tigerville, S.C., to take on North Greenville on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., while North Carolina Wesleyan hosts Mary Baldwin on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.