|September 04, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|CU-M||2:33||Williams, Bradley (Mason, Harry )|
|TNU||35:47||Baskin,Jonathan (Stagman,Alex )|
|CU-M||89:17||Mason, Harry (Morris, Tevonne )|
|Stats at a Glance||CU-M||TNU|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (8)||19 (6)|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland scored twice early in the match and then held on for dear life in the second half before Harry Mason’s score in the final minute put the final nail in the coffin in a 3-1 victory over long-time rival Trevecca Nazarene on a hot and muggy night here Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (1-1-0) evened their record after a season-opening 3-1 loss a week ago at home against Tennessee Wesleyan. The victory over TNU was the second straight for CU after dropping 4-of-5 under head coach Jeff Loucks.
The Bulldogs scored quickly in the match, with Bradley Williams converting from 15 yards on a nice drop from Mason in the third minute for a 1-0 advantage. CU controlled play for the first half of the opening period and was finally rewarded again in the 23rd minute.
Mason took a corner kick and the ball ping-ponged off several heads before Eric Clark found the back of the net for his first goal of the year and a 2-0 Cumberland lead.
The Trojans were the more aggressive squad in the latter half of the period and scored on a beautiful ball in the 36th minute, with Alex Stagman lofting a high-arcing pass to the back post. The ball fell just out of the reach of CU keeper Sully Shattuck and found the head of Jonathan Baskin, the junior’s sixth goal of the season in TNU’s third match.
The Bulldogs backline was under almost constant duress in the second half, though the Trojans managed few good scoring chances despite controlling possession and steadily putting numbers forward. Shattuck finished the match with five saves and faced 19 shots altogether, seven from Baskins before he left with an injury with just over 20 minutes to play.
In the final desperate moments Tevonne Morris fought for and won a ball just on the CU half of the field. The freshman found himself with only one defender along with Mason between him and the goal near the half-line. After a few short touches he passed to Mason, who came under control and beat TNU goalie Braydon Brown low and right for his first goal of the year, a redemption of sorts for the junior after missing two easy chances in the opening half.
Cumberland plays this Saturday at Brescia University at 2 p.m. before hosting Martin Methodist on September 11 at 2 p.m.