Cumberland forward Shauna Gilpin netted a pair of goals and Taylor Nay added a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs cruised past Bluefield, 3-1, in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships on Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Cumberland’s lone goal in the opening half came off the boot of Shauna Gilpin for her 13th of the season. Kiley Sanson possessed the ball at the right corner of the 18-foot box and played a cross in to Nay. The ball deflected off Nay’s left foot and landed at the feet of Gilpin. The junior found the back of the net, beating the keeper to her left.
The Bulldogs were less than opportunistic in the first half, converting just one goal off 17 shots, including six on goal. Bluefield played much of the half on the defense, failing to register a single shot.
Cumberland wasted no time doubling up the score in the second half as Gilpin netted her second goal of the contest. Rhianne Parsons played the pass in from the right sideline which found Gilpin who buried the ball into the right side for her 14th of the year.
Taylor Nay put the game out of reach with 26 minutes to play in the second half. Following a Bluefield foul, the Sherwood Park, Albert, native took a free kick just outside of the 18-foot box. Nay ripped a shot to the right of the Rams’ wall that beat the keeper in the lower 90.
Bluefield erased keeper Lindsey Kitson’s clean sheet in the 69th minute off a corner kick from the right side. Ashley Moreno headed the goal into the right side after a perfectly placed pass from Missy Baines.
CU will return to action Thursday in the MSC semifinals in Columbia, Ky. The Bulldogs will take on the winner of Rio Grande versus St. Catharine. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Reilly's OT goal sends CU men into MSC semifinals
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Tom Reilly scored in the final minute of the first overtime, giving Cumberland its first victory in extra time this season in a 2-1 win over the University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Championships on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (6-12-1) advances to the tournament semifinals Thursday against the winner of Saturday night’s Lindsey Wilson-Shawnee State match. It marks the second straight year CU has won a match on the road in the tourney quarterfinals after defeating Campbellsville University in 2012.
Harry Mason’s goal, his 17th of the season, in the 78th minute tied the match for Cumberland before Reilly netted his fourth goal of the year in the 100th minute.
Pedro Antonelli put the Patriots ahead in the 73rd minute with his 13th goal of the year on an assist from Rubem Lima. UC outshot the Bulldogs, 16-14, including nine shots on frame.
Cumberland keeper Ian Hamilton made eight saves to secure the victory, while UC’s Alex Swoboda posted six saves for the Patriots.
Hamilton earns MSC Defensive POW honors
Cumberland’s Ian Hamilton was named the Mid-South Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Bulldogs to an overtime victory at the University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships.
The junior keeper made eight saves and faced 16 total shots on the road against the Patriots in Cumberland’s 2-1 win. It marked the second straight season the Bulldogs registered a quarterfinal triumph on the road in the conference tournament.
The West Chester, Ohio, native has 91 saves this season in 19 matches and has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 outings this season
Cumberland advanced to take on third-ranked Lindsey Wilson in the semifinals of the conference tourney on Friday at 5 p.m. CST in Columbia, Ky.