The Barton Community College men's soccer team earned its second consecutive grind it out win by earning a 2-0 victory Saturday at Pratt Community College.
Earning their third straight shutout and eighth consecutive win, the 9th ranked Cougars improve to 9-0-1 in conference play and 13-1-1 on the season while dropping Pratt to 3-7-0 and 5-8-0 overall.
The first victory in Pratt since 2012 sets up a winner take all Jayhawk West title showdown on Wednesday as nationally receiving votes Cloud County Community College (10-1-0, 11-4-0) comes to the Cougar Soccer Complex for a 4:00 p.m. kick-off. Barton won the first season's meeting back in September by rallying for two second half goals including the game winner in the waning seconds for a 2-1 victory for the Cougars first win in Concordia since 2013.
The foot of Damen Marcu played a part in both of the Cougars' goals, the first coming with 31:28 remaining in first half play before delivering the dagger unassisted with 14:45 remaining in the game by capitalizing on a Beaver defensive miscue with an 18-yard rocket for the Denver native's 3rd net shaker of the season
Robin Rouaud completed Marcu's 5th assist of the year, clearing through the crowd to meet Marcu's corner kick with a header to rattle the twine for the second time of the France freshman's season.
Behind a stout defensive line, Felipe Baeza improved to 10-0 in helping the Cougars to their tenth shutout of the season.