LEBANON, Tenn. – Harry Mason scored five goals, four in the second half, and Cumberland outdueled Kentucky Wesleyan, 6-4, in men’s soccer action Wednesday afternoon at the CU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (4-4-1) stopped a two-match losing streak with the victory but did it the hard way, giving up a goal in the first two minutes of the match but then scoring the next three, only to watch the Panthers (2-7-0) knot the match at three.
Mason then scored twice in 52 seconds to put CU ahead for good. He added the final goal of the match after KWC pulled within one later in the second half.
The Panthers scored quickly to open the match, with Joel Salee playing a long ball from the top of the KWC box past a pair of CU defenders. Takis Agisilaou beat keeper Sully Shattuck to the ball at the top of the Cumberland box, chipping it past Shattuck and then hitting a left-footed shot from a bad angle into the empty net just 1:39 into the match.
But Cumberland responded, with KWC goalie Nick Snyder making a pair of point-blank saves in the first five minutes before Bradley Williams slid a pass through a pair of defenders for Eric Clark, who beat Snyder low and left into the sidenet in the seventh minute.
The Bulldogs took the lead eight minutes later when Robert Boyd won the ball near midfield and played it forward to Mason, who booted a bouncing ball over the head of Snyder from 25 yards for his ninth score of the season and a 2-1 CU advantage at intermission.
Lee Glass carried the ball some 40 yards before finding Mason in the 51st minute and a 3-1 Bulldog lead. The Panthers responded, with Salee booting a beautiful free kick from near the left sideline into the upper 90 in the 54th minute. Just over two minutes later KWC caught the Bulldog defense napping and Agisilaou and Zack Duvall assisted on Ryan Brewer’s tying score.
Cumberland regained its composure and Luke Wilson’s long pass out Mason in position for his third goal of the match in the 67th minute. Clark’s shot from the top of the box was blocked less than a minute later and in the scramble, Mason controlled the ball and booted it past Snyder.
But the Panthers would not go away, as Brewer fed Sam Waninger down the leftside in the 71st minute, cutting the Cumberland advantage to 5-4. Mason’s fifth goal of the match on another assist from Glass in the 82nd minute provided the final margin.
Cumberland plays Saturday at Lyon College and returns home Saturday, October 8, to take on Oakland City University at 1 p.m.