Twelfth-ranked Cumberland and No. 9 Martin Methodist played for 110 minutes on Friday night in Pulaski, but neither team was able to find the back of the net, playing to a scoreless draw in a battle of old conference rivals and two of the best teams in the nation.
The Bulldogs (9-1-1) limited the RedHawks to just seven total shots, four on goal, all saved by Lindsay Kitson. Cumberland took 11 shots in the match, including the only two in the two extra periods. MMC keeper Aisling Dyer made six saves in net.
“It was a very hard-fought match and both teams had their chances,” head coach Gavin McKinney said. “I thought we held possession and created a couple of more goal-scoring opportunities.
“We were unlucky to not be awarded a goal in the first half when Olivia Chu struck a ball from inside the 18 and it went between the keeper’s legs and seemed to cross the goal line. The referees initially called it a goal and then changed the decision. Moments later Taylor Nay hit the crossbar from 30 yards out.”
McKinney said the Cumberland defense performed well against the RedHawks, who were averaging nearly three goals per outing heading into the match.
“Lindsay Kitson was very good in goal and made some great saves and the backline did well against some very dangerous players for Martin Methodist.”
Cumberland continues its trek through Top 10 opponents with a home match Wednesday at 1 p.m. against current No. 2 Lindsey Wilson.