BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — Freshmen Elliot Goodwin and Josh Armstrong both scored, including Armstrong’s game-tying goal in the 85th minute, but Union College’s Victor Lima netted the game-winner in the first overtime for a 3-2 victory over Cumberland on Saturday.
It marked the second overtime loss for the Bulldogs (1-3-0) in the early-going this season after a 3-2 loss in double OT in the season opener at Tennessee Wesleyan.
Much like the contest at TWC, Cumberland erased one-goal deficits twice in the match. Goodwin scored from 10 yards out in his collegiate debut in the 30th minute, knotting the match at one. Alex Smith gave Union a 1-0 edge in the fifth minute from point-blank range on a cross from Jason Jacobs.
Union regained the lead just before the half, with Lima taking a corner kick and Joe Butcher crossing to Erik Holmqvist for the goal in the 44th minute.
The two teams played to a stalemate for much of the second half, though Union outshot the Bulldogs, 10-7, in the period after posting a 10-5 advantage on shots in the opening 45 minutes. Armstrong’s goal in the 85th minute after a free kick bounced off Union keeper CJ Hopkins and into the net with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.
But Lima and Butcher hooked up again 4:19 into the extra period on a cross from Butcher to the far post, where Lima finished for the golden goal.
Cumberland goalie Ian Hamilton posted 10 saves in the loss, including seven in the second half.
The Bulldogs will play again tonight at 7 p.m. at Martin Methodist and will take part in the Trevecca Nazarene Invitational this weekend in Nashville, facing Indiana Wesleyan on Friday (5 p.m.) and Trinity International on Saturday (7 p.m.).