Barton women’s soccer advances in league championship with convincing rout of Emmanuel, 5-0

Barton freshman midfielder Kassie Krul scored the match-winner for the Bulldogs in a 5-0 win over Emmanuel Saturday in the league tournament.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton freshman midfielder Kassie Krul scored the match-winner for the Bulldogs in a 5-0 win over Emmanuel Saturday in the league tournament. Photo by Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton women's soccer team (12-5-1) rolled to a 5-0 victory over Emmanuel (Ga.) (9-9) in the opening round Saturday of the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championship at the Bulldogs Athletic Complex.

The Bulldogs, winners of four consecutive contests, were led by senior midfielder Katie Christiansen (Niantic, Conn.) with a pair of goals while sophomore midfielder Hailey Russell (Jacksonville, N.C.) added a score and an assist as Barton beat Emmanuel (Ga.) for the second time this year.

Third-seeded Barton will now face second-seeded Belmont Abbey (11-4-3) in the tournament semifinals on Thursday in Mount Olive, N.C.  The Crusaders beat seventh-seeded Chowan (4-8-3) in their quarterfinal round match today by a 2-0 score.  The Bulldogs have advanced to the round of four for the second straight year.

Barton freshman midfielder Kassie Krul (Rockport, Maine) opened the scoring in the eighth minute from 10 feet out and the Bulldogs never looked back, taking a 3-0 advantage into intermission.  Junior forward Syaani Harris (Ashland, Va.) also scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season for the Bulldogs, who held an 18-4 advantage in shots taken.

In goal, sophomore Kristin Davis (Willow Springs, N.C.) earned the shutout victory while sixhth-seeded Emmanuel's Hannah Welch (Athens, Ga.) suffered the loss.  Welch made eight saves on the afternoon.