PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Rhianne Parsons scored twice and assisted on another goal, Olivia Chu, Shauna Gilpin and Taylor Nay each added a goal and an assist and Cumberland dominated from start-to-finish in a 6-1 victory over Shawnee State in women’s soccer action Tuesday.
The Bulldogs posted a 32-7 advantage in shots against the Bears (7-1-0, 1-1-0 Mid-South) and scored early and often, with Parsons giving CU an early edge with a goal in the seventh minute on an assist from Nay. Chu and Parsons added scores just 25 seconds apart midway through the period (on assists from Parsons and Gilpin) and Nay converted a penalty kick late in the half for a 4-0 advantage at the break.
Gilpin found the back of the net on an assist from Chu in the 54th minute and after Shawnee State scored on a PK, Savannah Keele netted Cumberland’s final goal on an assist from Kaitlin Phillips in the final minute of play.
SSU keeper Emily Kuehn made 17 saves for the Bears, including 11 in the second half. CU’s Lindsay Kitson had four saves.
Cumberland will play at St. Catharine this Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time and head to the University of the Cumberlands on Oct. 1 before returning home Oct. 4 to face Pikeville.
Overtime goal is downfall again for CU men
Jeremiah Wright’s breakaway goal two minutes into overtime provided Trevecca Nazarene a 2-1 victory over arch-rival Cumberland in men’s soccer action here Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Cumberland (2-7-1) played a man-up over the final 32 minutes of the match after TNU keeper Braydon Brown was red carded for making a save on a breakaway by CU’s Sam Sheen outside of the box. There was no score in the match at the time of the red card, but the Bulldogs pushed forward and Harry Mason gave CU the lead with a volley at the front post off a cross from Tom Reilly in the 66th minute.
The Trojans (3-3-1) looked like the team with the advantage for much of the final 30 minutes though, holding possession and continuing to attack through the midfield. TNU’s aggressiveness finally paid off when Matt Raines took a long pass from Bruno De Moraes and chipped over a hard-charging Ian Hamilton in the 80th minute, squaring the match at one.
Cumberland had its moments in the second half, creating opportunities down both flanks as well as with Sheen and Reilly through the midfield. Richie Reichenberger, who played the first 60 minutes in the field, stepped between the pipes and made one save on Sheen late in regulation, coming off his line near the top of the box for one of his two saves in the match.
Trevecca had two corner kicks in the final minute but was unable to get a shot on goal, but the Trojans did so quickly in the extra period, with Connor Inman hitting the crossbar in the 91st minute, a ball that bounced down but did not cross the goal line according to the linesman.
But less than a minute later, Raines played a long ball through the middle to Wright, who just got the ball past Hamilton, as the two players collided near the penalty spot on the final play.
It was the fifth overtime match this season for the Bulldogs in 10 outings, with CU posting an 0-4-1 mark in extra time.
Cumberland will play St. Catharine on Saturday on the road, swinging back into Mid-South Conference action for the next month.
Cumberland’s Armstrong named TSWA award winner
Cumberland’s Josh Armstrong earned Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association after posting a hat trick in CU’s conference victory at Shawnee State.
The freshman scored all three goals in the second half, helping the Bulldogs to their first conference win of the season. He scored on a scramble in front of the goal in the 53rd minute and then again less than two minutes later to give CU a 2-1 advantage. Armstrong added the final goal of the match in the 86th minute as well, giving the Southampton, England, native five goals and three assists in nine matches.