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Phoenix men post 1-1 draw at Campbellsville

Staff Reports • Oct 3, 2017 at 10:50 PM

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Tyler Watson’s goal after a mad scramble in front gave 23rd-ranked Cumberland the lead late in the first half, but 12th-ranked Campbellsville University found an equalizer in the second period and the Phoenix came away with a 1-1 draw, playing the final 70 minutes a man down in men’s soccer action Tuesday night.

The match featured 34 fouls, seven yellow cards and a red card against Cumberland’s Austin Morenzoni late in the first half, a hard foul that started as a yellow and turned into a red because of continual dissent from the CU freshman. That drew the ire of the Phoenix coaching staff, with head coach Adam Grant drawing a yellow and graduate assistant Danny Dunleavy getting a red.

All of that action came just after Cumberland (8-1-1, 1-0-1 Mid-South) took the lead, with Bakary Bagayogo taking a free kick in the 38th minute. The ball bounced around the box and Watson found the back of the net, his seventh goal of the year.

The Tigers (7-1-1, 1-0-1) equalized early in the second half, with Jorge Martinez crossing a ball into the box. Sam Wills tired a bicycle kick and the ricochet fell to Yudai Yamauchi, who fired his shot past CU goalkeeper Bennet Strutz in the 56th minute.

Cumberland looked for the go-ahead goal in the following minutes, getting two corner kicks and forcing Campbellsville’s Andreas Nota into three saves in a three-minute stretch on shots from Bagayogo and Daniel Williams. Nota finished the match with four saves and faced 10 total shots from the Phoenix.

Campbellsville did not have a shot on frame the rest of the second half after its goal and not until the second overtime. The Tigers took 12 total shots in the contest, including 11 in the second half and the two extra periods. Strutz collected three saves for the Phoenix.

Cumberland will travel to 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson on Friday, the fourth ranked opponent for CU in the last nine outings this season.

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