LEBANON, Tenn. – Harry Mason scored twice in the second half and Cumberland netted three goals, but it was not enough, as Mid-Continent powered to a 4-3 victory in men’s soccer action Saturday afternoon at the CU Soccer Field. For her efforts Mason was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Cumberland (3-10-0, 0-5-0 TranSouth) has lost four straight matches and played without starting midfielder Bradley Williams on Saturday. Williams was injured in Wednesday’s defeat at No. 12 Bryan College.
The Cougars (7-8-1, 4-2-0) were matched stride for stride until Jan Chvojan broke the scoreless deadlock in the 22nd minute on an assist from Dan Chilton on a shot from the right of the keeper. Scott Zettlemoyer added to the lead, blasting a cross from Keane Bennett from the top of the box in the 43rd minute for a 2-0 MCU advangtage at the half.
Mid-Continent pressured early in the second half, with Gilles Nziengui tallying the third goal of the match on a shot from five yards on assists from Rafael Xavier and Marcio das Neves in the 47th minute.
Cumberland got on the board in the 54th minute on a rebound shot by Mason, as Mid-Continent attempted to clear a corner kick. Just over four minutes later, the Cougars Mauricio Da Silva placed a free kick through the Bulldogs’ defensive wall and just inside the right post to give MCU a 4-1 lead.
CU kept the pressure on the final 30 minutes of the match. Freshman Eric Clark netted a goal at 58:44 on assists from Neil Howard and Robert Als and Mason tallied his second goal of the day with a well placed shot from six yards out in the 89th minute.
Cumberland plays its final home match of the season Tuesday against rival Trevecca Nazarene in a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The women’s match kicks off at 1 p.m. followed by the men. The Bulldogs conclude the regular season with matches at Kentucky Wesleyan on October 29 and Freed-Hardeman on November 2.