The Barton men's soccer team got off to a solid start in conference play Wednesday evening in the quest for their tenth league title by registering a 3-0 road victory over Garden City Community College.
The victory improves the Cougars to 2-0-1 on the season while dropping Garden City to 1-2-0 on the early season. Barton will have a couple days off before returning home for a brief two-game homestead over the weekend beginning Saturday with Western Texas College before concluding Sunday against Rose State College. Kick-off times for both contests slated for 4:30 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer Complex.
After only having one strong scoring chance in the first forty-three minutes, Barton broke through just before halftime as Ebrahim Diagne was tackled inside the box. Gabrielle Privitera took advantage of the ensuing awarded penalty shot in striking inside post putting the Cougars on the plus side of the scoreboard with eighty-five ticks before intermission.
The Barton offense controlled the second half right out of the gates, going up 2-0 less than ten minutes on the pitch as the dynamic dribbling Privitera netted home his second goal of the contest with a chip shot over the outstretched hands of Garden City's keeper Gabriel Meto.
Privitera wasn't done as he completed his first Cougar hat trick in the 77th minute dicing through the Broncbuster defense coming off a through ball sent in from midfield from Cedric Morales.
Marco Seyfert stayed perfect in net snuffing out a pair of attacks and rejecting one shot on frame earning his first career Barton shutout.