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Red hot Lady Cougars jump into playoffs with shutout victory at No. 20 Northwest Tech #GoBarton

Barton Women's Soccer Playoff Bound graphic.

The Barton Community College women's soccer team picked up their second victory over No. 20 Northwest Kansas Technical College in the last five days, shutting out the Mavericks 2-0 Monday afternoon in Goodland, Kansas, to win their fourth straight to close out the regular season. Fighting for their playoff lives down the stretch, the Lady Cougars' have been clutch in earning the West Division's fourth playoff position, finishing the regular season at 6-4-2 in region play and 9-5-3 overall while sending the Mavericks to their second straight loss concluding in the third position at 9-4 and 11-4 on the year.

Barton's next opponent will come in the first round of the Region VI playoffs with a Saturday trip to the East's second seed which will either be Johnson County Community College or Butler Community College. Announcement of the pairings will come Tuesday.

Three freshman accounted for both of Barton's goals as Jessica Simental knocked in her seventh of the season for the game winner giving the Lady Cougars all they would need with 33:40 left in first half action. Ten minutes later Raley Mantz netted her sixth of the season putting away Johanna Behrens fourth assist of the year.