Women's Soccer

Bobcats battle but fall to Barton, 2-1

Bobcats battle but fall to Barton, 2-1

Photo Courtesy of Mike Keating

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Barton College Saturday afternoon at Tate Field in its final match of the 2019 season.

Barton controlled the bulk of offensive opportunities in Saturday's match. The Bulldogs held the edge in shots (26-8), shots on goal (17-5) and corner kicks (10-1). Barton netted the game's first goal in the 34th minute from Brenna Keegan. The Bobcats eventually tied the match with the first career goal by Lauren Paulsen with just under 40 minutes to go in regulation. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs scored the eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute to seal the 2-1 victory.

In addition to Paulsen's attempt that beat the Bulldog keeper, the Bobcats posted four other shot attempts that were on goal. Autumn Esposito, Nicole Shapiro, Corby Bailey and Kiara Montenegro accounted for the other four attempts for LMC.

Hope Sanborn made 15 saves in 17 attempts in goal for the Bobcats. It marked the seventh time that Sanborn has save 10 or more shots in a match this season. Sanborn, whose record dips to 1-10-1 with the loss, finishes the season with 123 saves, which is the tenth-most in a single season in the history of the program.

The Bobcats will return the bulk of their team for 2020 as they lose just three players to graduation in: Katie Jo Daniel, Autumn Esposito and Cailyn Pichler.

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