From the onset, the Barton women’s soccer team was in control of its match Saturday afternoon.
The final score may not completely show it, but from about 20 minutes into the match, there was really little doubt about what the outcome would be.
In the end, Barton won by a 3-1 score - all the points coming in the opening half. Barton is now 2-1 in the Jayhawk and 5-1 overall.
The Cougars are currently second on the West side of the conference behind Cowley. The Tigers are unbeaten and ranked No. 19. The lone loss for Barton is to East leader Coffeyville.
Saturday, the Cougars scored 15 minutes into the match when Silvia Cinque was taken down in the box. The sophomore from Italy converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
Less than three minutes later it was a 2-0 game and from that point on the outcome was really not in doubt.
Lee scored on a nice pass from Nicole Thorp 18:05 into the contest. For Lee is was her third of the season while Thorp recorded her fourth assist to take over the team lead - temporarily.
Cinque got her second goal of the contest with five minutes left in the half. This time she put a header into the net on a cross by Shivani Balram on a corner kick. The assist from Balram was her fourth to regain a tie with Thorp for the team lead.
Neosho would get off its first shot of the half just 20 seconds later. It resulted in a goal and a 3-1 match going to half.
Neosho would get off only two shots the entire contest, both on goal.
The Cougars, meanwhile, fired off 21 shots in the contest, putting 10 of them on goal.
The Cougars will be at home again Wednesday for the fourth time in five matches. This time Dodge City will pay a visit to the Barton Soccer Complex.
The Conquistadors are 0-2 on the season, having just played two matches, losing to Cowley and Kansas City Kansas by a combined 12-1 score.
Kickoff for the contest will be at Noon.
Barton 3, Neosho 1
Neosho 1 0 - 1
Barton 3 1 - 3
Barton - Silvia Cinque (PK), 15:39
Barton - Lee (Thorp), 18:05
Barton - Cinque (Balram), 39:59
Neosho - McKoon (Engelbert), 40:17