Barton women’s soccer comes up short to North Greenville, 3-2, on the road

Barton junior Syaani Harris scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year in a 3-2 loss to North Greenville Saturday afternoon on the road.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton junior Syaani Harris scored her team-leading fourth goal of the year in a 3-2 loss to North Greenville Saturday afternoon on the road. Photo by Matt Proseus

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Barton women's soccer team (2-2-1, 1-1) suffered a 3-2 setback to North Greenville (3-1, 2-0) in Conference Carolinas action Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Stadium.

The Crusaders broke a one-all tie by scoring twice in seven seconds – at the 67:43 and 67:50 marks, respectively, in the second half – and survived a late goal by the Bulldogs to hold on for the win.  All five scores came after halftime.

North Greenville's Karly Denaburg (Merritt Island, Fla.) opened the scoring in the 57th minute before Barton junior forward Syaani Harris (Ashland, Va.) tied the contest at one with her team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 62:59 mark of the second half.

However, North Greenville's Natalie Johnson (Gainesville, Fla.) responded with the match-winner before teammate Alyssa Mendez (Miami, Fla.) followed with a score to make it a 3-1 margin seven seconds later.  The goals' were the duo's first of the year.

Barton freshman midfielder Kassie Krul (Rockport, Maine) rounded out the scoring in the 81st minute – her second goal of the season – but North Greenville kept the Bulldogs at bay the rest of the way.  North Greenville held a 14-11 edge in shots taken while Brianna Rowe (Smithsburg, Md.) earned the win in goal after stopping four shots.  Barton freshman goalkeeper Rachel Cox (Wilson, N.C.) made seven saves but suffered the loss.

Barton returns home to take on Converse in a Conference Carolinas match on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Bulldogs Athletic Complex while North Greenville takes on Limestone in Gaffney, S.C., beginning at 5:00 p.m.