Shauna Gilpin scored early and Beth Morgan added some insurance late, as 13th-ranked Cumberland defeated Campbellsville, 2-0, in women’s soccer action Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field in a match delayed 93 minutes because of weather in the first half.
Neither team could muster much offense in the early going before thunder, then lightning and eventually a short burst of hard rain delayed the match in the 15th minute. Continual lightning finally subsided and the match resumed with the Bulldogs starting quickly, as Gilpin netted her third goal of the season in the 17th minute on an assist from Taylor Nay.
Cumberland created scoring chances for much of the day, outshooting the Tigers, 23-6, but Campbellsville keeper Brandie Hagerman made nine saves and cut off several good runs by coming well off her line to stop further opportunities for the Bulldogs (3-1-0, 1-0-0 Mid-South).
The Tigers best chance of the day came midway through the second half when Bailey McDonough lofted a shot from 25 yards that CU goalie Lindsay Kitson pinned against the crossbar. Kitson had a make a save on the rebound against Jessica Ralph and another shot from Hannah Harris sailed wide, preserving the 1-0 lead for CU.
Cumberland was finally able to get some breathing room in the 71st minute when Morgan took a pass down the left side from Kaitlin Phillips. Morgan turned back inside and lofted a beautiful shot far post, over the outstretched arms of Hagerman for the third career goal for the defender and first since Oct. 8, 2011.
Cumberland will continue its current five-match homestand Saturday with a noon kickoff against Trinity International. The Bulldogs will also take on Union University at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18.
Parsons garners TSWA weekly honor
Cumberland’s Rhianne Parsons was named the Women’s Soccer Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association after posting a goal and an assist in CU’s only match of the week.
The senior from Tavistock, England, assisted on Shauna Gilpin’s score in the second minute against SCAD-Savannah. Parsons put the Bulldogs ahead, 2-1, in the 11th minute, beating the keeper low and left on a shot from 15 yards for her third goal in three matches this season.
Cumberland men fall at Martin Methodist
PULASKI — Michael Fulton scored twice and Sean Dong added a goal and an assist, as Martin Methodist netted three goals in the first 23 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory over Cumberland on Tuesday night.
Darian Teixeira gave the RedHawks a 1-0 advantage with an unassisted score in the ninth minute before Fulton’s first goal on an assist from Dong in the 20th minute. Three minutes later Fulton added an unassisted tally and MMC (2-1-0) took a 3-0 lead to intermission.
Dong added another unassisted goal in the 68th minute, as Martin Methodist posted a 15-9 advantage in shots. CU keeper Ian Hamitlon collected four saves for the Bulldogs (1-4-0) while Martin Methodist goalie Stephen Lunney made one save.
Cumberland will play in the Trevecca Nazarene Invitational this weekend, taking on Indiana Wesleyan on Friday at 5 p.m. and Trinity International on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will play at home Sept. 17 versus Campbellsville.