The Barton women’s soccer team has picked a fine time to be playing its best soccer of the season.
Saturday afternoon at the Barton Sports Complex, the Cougars made it five straight wins with a 7-0 blanking of Northwest Tech to end the regular season. It was also the final home game of the season.
“I knew we had a good team,” Coach Ous Camara said. “It was just a matter of getting all our girls healthy. Now we have everybody back and are playing well. We are a good team and we are proving that to others.”
Barton is now 9-5-1 overall and wrapped up the home season with a 6-1-1 mark. The Cougars finished second in the Jayhawk West with a 5-3 record and tied for second the Region VI standings at 8-4. The Cougars, however, lost the tiebreaker and will be the third seed in the post-season.
Northwest Tech finished its season at 2-11-1.
Barton will travel to Johnson County Saturday to take on the runner-up from the East. Johnson is 10-5-1.
The Cougars wasted very little time to establish itself in the win over the Mavericks.
Barton scored just five minutes into the match and added three more goals before the game was 20 minutes old.
From there, the Cougars coasted to the easy win.
Adriana Reyes scored twice while Hannah Knaak added a goal and a pair of assists.
Maddison Schofield added a goal and an assist while Megan Martinez and Brooke Russell each had two assists.
Alexandra Capalbo kept the Mavericks off the scoreboard in net for Barton, saving the only shot on goal during the win.
Barton will take that five-game winning streak to the post-season Saturday. Prior to the late-season surge, Barton had just four wins on the season at 4-5-1 at the time.
The Cougars had scored more than two goals just three times in those first 10 games. The final five games Barton scored at least three in every match.
“It has been a good year for us,” Coach Camara said. “I am so proud of this team. We have come a long ways and I think we can do positive things against Johnson.”
The match with Johnson will take place Saturday at 2 pm. The winner will move on to the Region VI semfinals at Hummer Park in Topeka. That game will be at 6:30 pm Nov. 3 against the winner of Hutchinson and Allen County.
Barton 7, Northwest Tech 0
NW Tech 0 0 – 0
Barton 5 2 – 7
Barton – Rachel Craft (Hannah Knaak, Megan Martinez), 5:06
Barton – Adriana Reyes (Knaak, Brooke Russell), 12:34
Barton – Knaak (Maddison Schofield), 16:36
Barton – Reyes (Martinez), 19:11
Barton – Schofield (Russell), 44:24
Barton – Abigail Elliott (Kirsty Ashworth), 63:56
Barton – Nicole Budke (Elliott), 66:22