MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Barton College’s Erik Pajunk (Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL) bent home his own corner kick in the 19th minute of play to guide the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas men’s soccer action on Tuesday afternoon. Barton notches its first win against the Falcons in their last seven attempts moving to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in league play. The loss, Pfeiffer’s fourth-straight, sends them to 1-6, 0-2.
After a Falcon foul early in the 19th minute, Pajunk lined up to deliver his corner kick from the left side of the pitch. Bending his cross into the box, the ball snuck through all traffic in front of the cage and found the right-side netting for his fifth strike of the season.
Trailing through halftime and most of the second, Pfeiffer finally got its golden opportunity to score with just 5:20 left on the clock. The Bulldogs were called for a foul inside the 18-yard box that set up a penalty kick for the Falcons. Freshman Kyle Toler (Charlotte, NC) took the attempt firing to the left of keeper Brian Riesenberg (Fort Thomas, KY) who just happened to dive that way turning the shot aside to preserve the shutout.
In the 90 minutes, Barton held a slim 20-19 advantage in shots while Pfeiffer held an 8-7 mark in shots on goal. Taylor Scalera (Dacula, GA) put three of those eight Pfeiffer shots on target to lead the hosts. Riesenberg stopped a total of eight shots on the day while Zach Liles (Cumming, GA) blocked a half-dozen.
Pfeiffer will now host Lees-McRae for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff on homecoming Saturday with live stats available through http://www.gofalconsports.com.