WILSON, NC – Freshman Matthew Bainbridge scored his first collegiate goal for Francis Marion University on a 18-yard shot in the 20th minute, but a 51st minute goal from Lorran Antonelli would lift Barton College to a 2-1 victory, Wednesday night (Sept. 7) in non-conference men’s soccer action.
The Patriots (1-1-1) return home to host Embry-Riddle University on Saturday (Sept. 10) at 7 p.m. on Hartzler Field. Barton improves to 2-1-0 on the season with the win.
Bainbridge took a beautiful pass from sophomore Levin Sandmann and found the back-of-the-net to put the Patriots on top early. Sandmann recorded his third assist in three games this season for FMU.
The Bulldogs would even the score in the 28th minute as Tolly Beatson beat FMU keeper Jordan Le Guyader. Daniel Gregory assisted on the tally for Barton. Le Guyader looked to keep the score knotted 1-1, but a bouncing ball inside of the box would find the foot of Antonelli and past Le Guyader to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
FMU turned on the heat over the final 20 minutes of the contest, firing six shots towards Bulldogs keeper Jens Madsen Hordvik. Four of the shots would be blocked by Barton defenders.
The Patriots would have a late opportunity to try and even the score as junior Harrison Smith would take a corner in the 90th minute. A header by Sandmann off of the corner wouldn’t be able to find its way through a wall of players as the Bulldogs were able to clear the ball away.
Francis Marion outshot Barton 18-9 and led 11-1 in corner kicks. Sandmann accounted for five Patriot shots and put two of them on goal. Junior Jevon Williams had both of his shots for FMU saved by the Bulldogs. Sandmann hit the post with one of his second-half attempts.
Le Guyader (1-1) dropped his first decision of the year, playing all 90 minutes in net for FMU. He made three saves while facing five shots.
Hordvik stopped five-of-six shots that came his way in net for Barton.