Newberry Loses Wet and Wild Game to Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - In a wet and wild game at Mount Olive, a hat trick from junior Kerri Ann Barlage was not enough for Newberry, as the Wolves fell 12-8 to the homestanding Trojans at Amon Field.

Mount Olive (9-6) struck first against the Wolves (8-8) as the Trojans notched three straight goals to open the game. Newberry responded as the Wolves completed a clear attempt and marched the ball down field. With Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) in possession of the ball, the Wolves put their first goal on the scoreboard with 22:15 on the clock.

The Wolves struck again soon after, as freshman Alexis Cathcart (Spartanburg, S.C.) converted on a free position opportunity to pull Newberry within a goal. Mount Olive had a different idea as the Trojans added a fourth goal soon after Cathcart's. Less than 20 seconds after Mount Olive made the game 4-2, the Wolves made it 4-3 as freshman Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) assisted on a goal by freshman Noelle Allen (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

Mount Olive answered with 10:31 on the clock, before Mother Nature appeared. A clap of thunder followed by a downpour halted the game for nearly an hour. Upon returning to the field the two teams warmed up as grounds crew squeegeed the standing water off the field. After the break Mount Olive added two more goals to take the game to halftime with a 7-3 advantage.

The Trojans struck for two more goals after the shortened halftime, before Barlage netted Newberry's fourth goal with 20:38 remaining. Two consecutive Mount Olive goals followed, as the Trojans pushed their lead to 11-4. After a short back-and-forth between the two sides, Newberry found itself with the ball in the offensive third. A quick pass from sophomore Elise Sanchez (Tujunga, Calif.) to freshman Jessica Baxtrom (St. Leonard, Md.) resulted in the Wolves' fifth goal with 15:06 remaining in the game.

The next ten minutes proved uneventful, until with 5:55 left in the game, Barlage struck again and pulled the Wolves within five goals of the Trojans. The margin became even smaller as Barlage controlled the following draw and fed Baxtrom for to make the score 11-7 in the Trojans' favor.

Mount Olive looked to put the game out of reach when the Trojans scored less than a minute after Baxtrom's goal. Down 12-7, the Wolves made one last push toward goal resulting in a goal by Marksberry, which led to 12-8 final score as time expired on the Wolves' comeback.

Barlage led the Wolves with three goals, while also adding an assist. Thomas led Newberry with eight draw controls.

The Wolves wrap up the 2013 season on Monday at 6:00 p.m., as Newberry travels to Lenoir-Rhyne.


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