The No. 16-ranked Barton Community College women’s soccer team took care of business on Sunday at the Cougar Soccer Complex, scoring four second-half goals in defeating Neosho County 5-1.
With the win, Barton improves to 8-2 overall and 8-0 in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play, while dropping Neosho to 2-7-1, 1-5-1.
Bianca Barron gave the Lady Cougars a lead midway through the first half, taking the back end of a give-and-go with Catlin Simon to easily beat the Neosho keeper from short-range distance.
The Lady Panthers managed to tie the game with 4:30 left in the half courtesy of a Haylie Kinzey header off a 40-yard free kick from Morgan Rabe.
Sophomore Mariana Poveda’s 60-foot kick just inside the far post was her first goal of the season, coming on the one-year anniversary of her 2012 season-ending injury.
Barron helped seal Neosho’s fate, scoring the next three goals.
The first coming on an assist from Olimpia Bonilla and the second coming with 30 minutes to play from Simon’s second assist of the game.
Scoring her fourth goal of the day with just under 10 minutes remaining, Barron left the game in third place on the Barton all-time goal list, moving to within four of Great Bend-native Yesenia Garcia in second place.
The victory by Barton sets up a pivotal game for the conference’s top spot at 4 p.m. on Friday as the Lady Cougars host No. 8 Butler Community College.