Bulldogs stun #7 Patriots with overtime winner

Bulldogs stun #7 Patriots with overtime winner

FLORENCE, SC – Freshman Omar Aboutaleb scored on a one-touch volley from 18 yards out with 5:44 left in the second overtime period to lift Barton College to a stunning 2-1 upset of seventh-ranked Francis Marion University, Wednesday night (Oct. 9) in non-conference men's soccer action.

Francis Marion, now 5-2-1, will return to Peach Belt Cconference play on Saturday (Oct. 12) when the Patriots host Flagler College at 6 p.m. on Hartzler Field.

Francis Marion outshot the Bulldogs 16-4 and led 10-2 in corner kicks. The Patriots registered 10 of their shots on target, while Barton goalkeeper Francisco Noguera came up with nine saves, including a crucial penalty kick save in the second overtime.

FMU junior goalkeeper Yosimar Huerta, making his first start as a Patriot, only faced two shots on target from the Barton attackers, but both found the back of the net.

Sophomore forward Javier Bello scored the first goal of the match at the 19:21 mark to put Francis Marion on top 1-0. Sophomore Jafet Santiago started the sequence with a beautiful bending service from midfield toward the left side of the penalty area.  Sophomore Sam Pollard ran onto the ball and hit a solid cross to the top of the 6-yard box where Bello tapped the ball into goal with his left foot.  It was Bello's second score of the season.

Earlier in the half, Bello just missed giving FMU a lead when he hit a 16-yard attempt that snuck by Noguera and by a sliding Barton defender, but glanced off the right post and avoided the open goal.

Santiago nearly doubled the score 50 seconds before halftime, but his 21-yard blast was stopped by Noguera.

The Bulldogs knotted the score only 5:25 into the second stanza when Ruben Mancio settled a pass from midfield by Lorran Antonelli off his chest and then chipped an 8-yard shot over Huerta.

FMU junior Gonzalo Garcia had a potential match-winner disallowed in the 85th minute when it was ruled he was offside on a rebound shot.

In the 86th minute, Pollard sent a cross into the penalty area, but Garcia's header went just outside the right post.

In the 102nd minute (second overtime session), Francis Marion was awarded a penalty kick after a Bulldog defender committed a handball in the box.  Sophomore Sidney Warden took the ensuing attempt, but was denied when Noguera dove to his left and smothered the ball just in front of the post.

Later in the extra period, at 103:31, FMU freshman Pantelis Panteli drilled a 23-yard shot from the right side that sailed just outside the left post as a helpless Noguera watched.  Then less than a minute later, at 104:16, Aboutaleb took a chip pass from Throstur Jonasson and drilled home the winning tally.

The Patriots were led in shots by Pollard with four shots, three of which were on target, while Bello and Garcia had three shots apiece.


Post-match comments from FMU head coach Luis Rincon


Barton College (8-2-1) def. #7 Francis Marion Univ. (5-2-1) 2-1 2OTs
Date: 10/09/19      Attendance: 100

Goals by period          1  2 OT O2  Tot
Barton College......     0  1   0   1 -  2
Francis Marion Univ.   1  0   0   0 -  1

1-0.  19:21 FMU Javier Bello (2) (Sam Pollard;Jafet Santiago) - Service from midfield to left side, cross, 6-yard tap in
1-1.  50:25 BARTON Ruben Mancio (4) (Lorran Antonelli) - Service from midfield into box, settle off chest, 8-yard chip shot
2-1. 104:16 BARTON Omar Aboutaleb (4) (Throstur Jonasson; Halldor Thorsteinsson) - Service from beyond midfield, cross from left, one-touch volley from 18 yards out into upper netting

Shots: Barton 4, Francis Marion 16 ; Saves: Barton 9 (Francisco Noguera 9), Francis Marion 0 (Yosimar Huerta 0)