Freshman Josh Armstrong scored a pair of goals and freshman Elliot Goodwin added two assists, as Cumberland overcame a slow start en route to a 4-1 victory over Shawnee State in men’s soccer action Saturday in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Senior Mark Harrison put the Bulldogs (2-6-1, 1-1-0 Mid-South) ahead with a goal in the 53rd minute and Armstrong netted his first goal on an assist from Goodwin less than two minutes later. The Bears (2-5-0, 0-2-0) cut the deficit in half in the 76th minute with Connor Sherman’s header off a throw from Danny Parsons, but CU responded down the stretch to put the match away.
Senior Harry Mason gave Cumberland a 3-1 edge with a finish in the 85th minute off a cross from Goodwin and Armstrong added his second goal just 27 seconds later, this one from Sam Sheen, for the final tally.
The Bulldogs outshot Shawnee State, 24-11, including 19-8 in the second half, and forced nine saves from SSU keeper Thomas Carbonari. CU’s Ian Hamilton collected five saves and was helped when Luke Wilson cleared one off the goal line as well.
Cumberland plays host to rival Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field before jumping back into Mid-South Conference action next weekend at St. Catharine College.