Battling for the top spot in the early conference race, the Barton Community College men’s soccer team couldn’t keep up with the Red Ravens as Coffeyville Community College scored a 5-2 victory Wednesday night in Coffeyville. Taking an early one goal lead, Barton surrendered four straight goals to drop its first conference game of the season and fall to 2-1-1 in Jayhawk play and 2-3-2 overall while Coffeyville moves into the top spot at 3-0-0 and 6-2-0 overall.
Dominic Swindler got the Cougars on the board first with 29:16 remaining in first half action as the Red Ravens were unable to clear a Barton free kick leaving Swindler to beat the keeper for the lead.
Proving to be the difference maker for Coffeyville, Mike Dias scored the first of his four goals in the contest tying the game at the 20:23 mark. Erasmo Tejada provided intermission in the Dias show giving the Red Ravens a 2-1 lead with eight minutes left with Dias pushing the Coffeyville lead out to two beating the defense once again with 5:35 remaining in the half.
As if a fifteen minute break between halves would cool down Dias, it took the sophomore speedster from Brasil only twenty-seven seconds into the second frame to ice the game away with the hat trick and the fourth unanswered Coffeyville goal.
Christopher Hogg gave Barton new life with 37:45 remaining as the sophomore launched a 30 yard strike to beat the Red Raven keeper and cut the deficit to two. But it was as close as the Cougars would come and with Dias’ icing on the cake with just over a minute to play, Barton fell from the top spot in the conference standings.
Barton will stay in conference action this Saturday as both the men’s and women’s teams welcome Johnson County Community College to the Cougar Soccer Complex in key Jayhawk battles. Kickoff for the women’s game is 1:00 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at approximately 3:00 p.m.