WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's soccer team (7-2-1, 3-2) returned to its winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over King (Tenn.) (1-5-1, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at the Bulldogs Athletic Complex in a Conference Carolinas contest.
Barton freshman forward Omar Aboutaleb (Asheboro, N.C.) scored twice while junior forward Ruben Mancio (Olvera, SPAIN) dished out a pair of assists as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0-1 at home this year.
Aboutaleb opened the scoring with a header in the 31st minute on a cross from Mancio before King tied the contest at one just 77 seconds later on a goal by Carlos Saavedra (Chicureo, CHILE).
Barton freshman midfielder Throstur Jonasson (Dalvik, ICELAND) scored the match-winner at the 50:41 mark of the second half after finishing off a saved header on a corner kick right in front of the net. Freshman defender Halldor Thorsteinsson (Sandnes, NORWAY) was credited with the assist for the Bulldogs. Aboutaleb finished off the scoring in the 81st minute, his third goal in the last three matches.
In goal, senior goalkeeper Francisco Noguera (Mobile, Ala.) made seven saves and earned the win for Barton while King's Dalton Gammon (Valrico, Fla.) suffered the loss despite stopping three shots. Barton also held a 16-9 advantage in shots taken in the victory.
Barton steps out of conference play to take on No. 7 Francis Marion on Wednesday in Florence, S.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m., while King hosts league-foe Belmont Abbey next Saturday, October 12, starting at 3:00 p.m.