Lady Bobcats rally past Barton, 3-1

Box score

WILSON, N.C. --- Freshman MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) tallied a pair of goals, and Katelyn Custer (Mooresville, N.C.) notched two assists to lead the Lees-McRae women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over Barton College on Saturday in Conference Carolinas action.

Lees-McRae (6-2, 3-1 CC) edged the Bulldogs (1-6, 1-3 CC) 7-5 in shots, including a 4-2 edge in the second half, as the Lady Bobcats tallied their third straight victory. Sullivan set a new career-high with her first collegiate brace, as Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.) added her third goal in her last two matches. Custer tallied her first two assists of the season as Santerre added a helper of her own.

Brittany Bobbitt (Manassas, Va.) recorded the Bulldogs lone goal of the match as Hilary Peterson (Hampstead, N.C.) notched an assist. Lees-McRae's Brittany Bolton (Roanoke, Va.) tallied three saves, while Mileika Miki (Laurel, Md.) made four stops for Barton.

Bobbitt opened the scoring midway through the 10th minute, delivering the finish after the initial shot from Peterson rung off the bar, giving Barton an early 1-0 lead. Sullivan brought the Lady Bobcats back on terms in the opening seconds of the 38th minute, taking a centering ball from Custer and blasting it into the upper 90 to send the match into the interval level at 1-1.

The match remained even until late in the 61st minute, when Santerre broke the deadlock with a brilliant strike from 35 yards out off a corner kick from Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) to give LMC a 2-1 lead. Sullivan added a late strike to push the lead to 3-1 off crosses from Custer and Jessica O'Leary (Milbury, Mass.), delivering a well-placed shot inside the far post from the right flank for her fourth goal of the season.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday when the Lady Bobcats host Converse College to resume their conference schedule. The match is slated to kick off at 7 p.m.

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