Cougar Soccer get needed win by defeating Independence 6-2

Ahmad Bah shakes the Indy goalkeeper to score putting Barton up 5-2 late in second half actionSuffering a rare conference loss earlier in the week, the Barton Community College men's soccer team returned to its winning custom on Saturday by defeating Independence Community College 6-2 at Cougar Field.  Barton improves to 6-2 in the conference and 8-7 on the season with an outside chance of still tying for the conference title with some help from other teams.  The Cougars will face a tough week ahead as they will play three games in five days beginning with a non-conference game Tuesday at home against Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa. 

Under less than ideal weather conditions for soccer, Barton unleashed its typical barrage of shots at the opposing goalkeeper launching thirteen of its twenty four shots in the first half.  Jonson Shaad would start the Cougars’ scoring by taking an Igor Barbosa pass to put the Cougars up 1-0 ten minutes into the contest.  Independence would answer twelve minutes later on a Lucas Machad goal but the Cougars quickly struck back a minute later on a Shaad to Sean Lynk combination to give Barton a 2-1 lead.  Machad was again a thorn in the Cougars side as he evened the score off a Joao Pinheiro assist at the thirty minute mark.  Barton would take a 3-2 lead at intermission as Ezekiel Alvarez scored unassisted with three minutes remaining to close out a first half featuring three lead changes and two ties.

Joey Ekstam leads the Cougars up field in second half action vs IndependenceIn the second half Barton tightened its defense limiting Independence to only one shot while still maintaining its offensive attack by scoring three goals.  Shaad, who finished the day with two goals and one assist, scored the Cougars’ first second half goal midway thru the period as he deflected a Lynk cross off an Indy defender.   Six minutes later Ahmad Bah battled a host of Pirate defenders to push the Barton lead to three with just sixteen minutes remaining.  Nestor Morales would cap the Cougar scoring with seven minutes remaining in the contest beating the Independence goalkeeper on a penalty kick.  

“We didn’t start the game the way I’d liked for us to have started,” Barton Men’s soccer Head Coach Oliver Twelvetrees said.  “We had some miscommunication and break-downs which contributed to that but we straightened it out in the second half.  It was a win we needed and we found a way to get it.”

Barton begins their tough week of games on Tuesday against Northern Oklahoma followed by conference games against Allen County Community College on Wednesday and then travel to Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday.   Tuesday and Wednesday’s game begin at 4:00pm while Saturday’s game at Kansas City will begin at 1:00pm

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