Men’s Soccer opens region play with 7-1 victory over Johnson

The Barton Community College men’s soccer team began their quest for its third straight Region VI title today at Cougar Field by defeating Johnson County Community College 7-1.  The Cougars advance to the region semifinals at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at Topeka’s Hummer Park against Cloud County Community College who recorded 3-0 shutout victory today over Pratt Community College.

“This was a quality performance today from the lads,” Barton Head Coach Oliver Twelvetrees said. “Nestor (Morales) was a brilliant attacking threat all game by scoring three goals which easily could have been more.  We also had some great performances from Andre (Souza), Gonzalo (Gelso), and Jonson (Shaad).”

Barton unleashed a relentless offensive attack throughout the game as the Cougars fired off twenty five shots with sixteen on goal.  Nestor Morales, who would score three goals on the day, got the Cougars offense kick-started as he took a Fabio de Almeida pass to give Barton an early 1-0 lead just 1:30 into the contest.  Three minutes later Lippi Souza lofted a corner kick that Mike Evans headed in giving the Cougars a two goal lead.  Johnson would cut the lead to one from a Braxton Vanlandingham penalty kick with eighteen minutes remaining in the half but Morales’s second goal four minutes later from an Igor Barbosa assist gave the Cougars a 3-1 advantage going into the break.

Barton would get four second half goals as the Cougars bench made considerable contributions and kept the pressure on the Cavaliers.  De Almeida, who had an assist in the first half, stuck back a rebounded shot ten minutes into the period to start the Cougars second half scoring.  Ten minutes later Morales would score his final goal after receiving a Gonzalo Gelso pass thru the Johnson defense.  The Cougars would get their final two goals from Carl Ekstam and Andre Souza as Barton launched 15 shots in the second period.  Ekstam’s goal at the eighty-second minute came benefit of a hard striking cross from Jonson Shaad while Souza’s came with a penalty kick with 2:08 remaining in the game. 

Saturday’s semifinal game will be a rematch of Barton’s come-from-behind overtime 3-2 victory back on September 20 in Concordia and consequently is Cloud’s lone loss on the season.  The No. 11 nationally ranked and top-seeded T-birds have a 16-1-3 record on the season while Barton will bring a 12-7 record to the contest.  In the other semifinal contest second-seeded and nationally receiving votes Coffeyville (13-1-2) will face No. 19 and third-seeded Cowley College (12-2-2) at 6:30 p.m. 

Barton’s semifinal and possible championship game will be broadcast live via the internet and can be found at

Released:  October 25, 2011

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