Roraigh Yearwood’s golden goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second extra period spoiled a valiant comeback by Cumberland, who erased an early two-goal deficit but dropped a 4-3 decision to Campbellsville in men’s soccer action Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Bulldogs (1-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-South) dropped their third match this season in overtime and are now 0-3-1 in extra periods in 2013. The win for Campbellsville gave head coach Adam Preston his 100th career victory of the Tigers (7-0-0, 1-0-0).
Yearwood and Eurodger Bargblor (on an assist from Yearwood) both scored in the first 13 minutes of the match, but a beautiful strike from Elliot Goodwin got the Bulldogs back in the match in the 27th minute and CU trailed, 2-1, at intermission.
Cumberland was the aggressor for much of the second half and both extra periods, creating multiple chances that finally cashed in. Mark Harrison’s header on a corner kick by Alex Marr in the 61st minute tied the match at two, but Campbellsville answered right back, with John Kennedy’s header on a corner from Tomoyuki Sueki giving the Tigers a 3-2 edge with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.
The Bulldogs did not go away, though, squaring the match again just three minutes later, as Luke Wilson got just enough of a Harry Mason corner to trickle in the goal. Cumberland looked out of the gas toward the end of regulation, as keeper Ian Hamilton made one point-blank save on Camilo Roman. Marr nearly ended the game as well, with Campbellsville goalie Max Malachiyev making a save with his knees, trapping the ball against the goal post, in the final minutes.
Both teams had chances in the first extra period, but fatigue seemed to play a factor with errant passes and less-than-well-struck shots and crosses. The deciding play started on the Campbellsville side of midfield, with Lewis Fyfe making a long pass forward.
Yearwood looked to be offsides, but a defender on the far side of the field kept him on, and the sophomore put a dagger to the Bulldogs heart with a clinical finish, just as the clock moved under a minute in the second extra period.
Campbellsville outshot the Bulldogs, 23-19, and each team was whistled for 16 fouls, though 13 of the 32 came in the extra periods. Hamilton finished with five saves and Malachiyev had three in nearly 110 minutes of action.
The Tigers started quickly, with Ryan Foster picking up a loose ball in the midfield and feeding Yearwood down the leftside. He blasted a left-footed shot near post from about 12 yards, with the ball sneaking under the arms of Hamilton in the third minute.
Campbellsville scored again in the 13th minute, this time with Yearwood winning a ball in the midfield and playing it forward to Bargblor, who chipped over a hard-charging Hamilton for the goal and a 2-0 Tigers advantage.
Cumberland finally settled down after falling behind, keeping possession and adjusting defensively to keep the Tigers’ tremendous speed in check.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the 27th minute, with Sella Gannot playing a 60-yard ball on the ground down the rightside. Goodwin ran onto the ball in the box, taking a hard shot from a bad angle but beating Malachiyev far post for his second goal of the season.
Campbellsville sub Kevon Farquharson nearly scored on his first touch after entering the match. His shot from the rightside got by Hamilton, but Luke Wilson cleared the ball just before it crossed the goal line in the 34th minute, and the two teams went to the break with the Tigers still ahead, 2-1.
Cumberland will travel to Shawnee State this Saturday for a 3 p.m. Central Time kickoff and will return home next Tuesday, taking on long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene at 4 p.m.