MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University men’s soccer team (7-7-1, 2-5 CC) fell to Barton 5-2 on a cloudy and cool Tuesday afternoon at NE Lefko Field. Erik Pajunk scored a hat trick for the Bulldogs (7-6-1, 5-2 CC) and Dante De Luca and Ricardo Oliveira added assists.
The Falcons were led by goals from Kyle Toler and Corey Davis. Trevor Dean and Simon Leslie were also credited with assists.
The Bulldogs wasted little time getting on the board as Danilo Matos scored just over two minutes into the contest, giving Barton the early advantage. The score would remain 1-0 for 40 minutes until Barton got its second goal of the afternoon, and Puajunk’s first. He took a free kick and placed it just over the outstretched fingertips of freshman keeper Nicolas Dulac. The half would end with the Falcons trailing by two and Barton holding a 10-5 advantage in shots.
Pfeiffer came out of the halftime break firing, netting two goals in a 5:42 span. Davis gathered a rebound off of Dean’s shot and put it in the open net to cut the lead in half. Moments later, Leslie fed Toler for his third goal of the season.
The Bulldogs would rally and score the final three goals of the game, with the game winner coming from Pajunk in the 62nd minute. Pajunk added his third in the 82nd minute for the hat trick.
Pfeiffer was whistled for 18 fouls, while Barton was only called for two. The Falcons were also given five yellow cards, while Barton was given none.
Dulac made five saves in net for the Falcons, dropping to 7-7-1 on the season, while Vasily Yakimkin made two stops in the win.
Barton held a 22-16 advantage in shots, including a slim 12-11 lead in the game’s final 45 minutes. Pfeiffer dominated in corner kicks, holding a 7-2 advantage.
The loss ended the Falcons four-game winning streak as well as freshman Nathan Regis’ streak of consecutive games with a goal scored, also at four.
The Falcons did continue their torrid second half scoring pace. With two goals in the final stanza tonight, Pfeiffer has now scored 15 second half goals in their past five matches.
The Falcons will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they travel to Erskine for a 4:30 p.m. match.