MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Beneath the melancholy gray of a cloudy Carolina sky, the Pfeiffer University women's soccer team saw their longest win streak of the season come to an end with a conference loss to the Barton College Bulldogs, 4-1 at N.E. Lefko Field. With the loss, the Lady Falcons drop to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in Conference Carolinas play. Barton improves to 10-5 for the season and 4-3 in the conference. The loss also ends a five game tear for the Lady Falcons and evens their home record at 3-3.
The Lady Falcons made their mark on the match early when sophomore Aaliyah Jackson received a nicely played ball from junior Hannah Hill on the left side of the field. Jackson cradled the pass, beat Barton's goalkeeper Carson Moore with a single touch and placed the ball in the lower left corner of the Bulldogs' net. The goal came in just the tenth minute of the match, was Jackson's sixth of the season and the 18th of her career. Hill's assist was her second of the season and the seventh in her tenure at Pfeiffer.
The match equalizer came just three minutes later when Barton's Jodi Barber received a pass in front of the Lady Falcons' net and chipped the ball over the head of senior keeper Natalie Marsh. The goal was Barber's tenth of the season. The Bulldogs' second tally came with only one minute and twelve seconds left in the first half. Barton's Nicole Smith found herself alone at the top of Pfeiffer's 18 yard box and fired a shot past Marsh's outstretched fingertips and into the upper left corner of the net. The teams went to halftime with Barton leading in the shot column 6-3.
Following the break, the Lady Falcons came out with a renewed sense of urgency and outshot the Bulldogs 11-6 in the second half. Barton's third goal came in the 63rd minute when Emily Futral received a pass from Barber on the left side of the field and beat Marsh with a shot that found the back of the net. Futral would score again less than two minutes later when she cradled another pass from Barber in front of the Pfeiffer net and put a shot past Marsh in the lower left corner of the goal.
The match was physical in its entirety with a total of 25 fouls whistled by the officials. The Lady Falcons were also issued three yellow card cautions on the match while Barton was handed only one.
The Lady Falcons return to action on Saturday when they travel to Erskine for their final conference match of the season. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.