MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Barton women's soccer team (12-6-1) saw its 2019 season come to an end with a 2-1 setback to Belmont Abbey (12-4-3) Thursday evening in the Conference Carolinas Championship semifinals at Amon Field.
The Crusaders, the second seed in the tournament, rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit with a pair of goals in the second half to beat the Bulldogs for the second time this year and advance to the finals. Belmont Abbey will take on top-seeded Mount Olive (13-0-3) on Saturday at Noon in the league tournament championship. The host Trojans defeated No. 4 Limestone (10-9) in their quarterfinal round match by a 1-0 score.
Belmont Abbey's Morgan Patton (Jacksonville, Fla.) broke a one-all tie with her team-leading 11th goal of the year at the 67:14 mark of the second half on a breakaway which proved to be the match-winner. Six minutes earlier, Allyson Elliott (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) finally put the Crusaders on the board with a goal inside the box. Morgan Farrar (Clover, S.C.) assisted on both scores for Belmont Abbey, who won despite the Barton's 19-13 advantage in shots taken.
Barton senior forward Rebekah Beal (Nashville, N.C.) scored her fifth goal of the year in the 19th minute but the Bulldogs were kept off the board the rest of the way. In goal, Belmont Abbey's Lauryn Harding (Fayetteville, N.C.) earned the victory after making seven saves while Barton sophomore Kristin Davis (Willow Springs, N.C.) suffered the loss. Davis made four saves on the night.