|October 16, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Catharine Coll.
|CU-M||19:02||Gannot, Sella (Tomlin, Cooke )|
|CU-M||72:31||McNamara, Brian (Marr, Alex )|
|CU-M||81:40||Aruh, Chuka (Armstrong, Josh )|
|CU-M||87:19||Aruh, Chuka (Reilly, Tom )|
|Stats at a Glance||SCC-M||CU-M|
|Shots (on Goal)||3 (1)||22 (12)|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brian McNamara and Chuka Aruh each scored a pair of goals and Cumberland dominated possession for its 13th straight win, 5-0 against St. Catharine College in men’s soccer action Friday here at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Bulldogs (13-0-0, 5-0-0 Mid-South) led 1-0 at the break thanks to a goal from Sella Gannot in the 20th minute. McNamara converted a penalty kick in the 48th minute after Markus Skraastad was tackled in the box and he essentially took any remaining drama out of the match with his 12th goal of the year in the 73rd minute, this one from Alex Marr.
Aruh netted a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes, both headers, with the first off a corner by Josh Armstrong and the second after a beautiful run down the right side from defender Tom Reilly. It was the sixth and seventh scores of the year for Aruh.
Cumberland controlled the run of play for almost the entire match and took the 1-0 lead to intermission thanks to a 6-1 advantage in shots. The Patriots (7-7-0, 1-4-0) nearly squared the match in the first minute of the second half, with Bradley Wilson playing a nice pass to the back post for Matthew Lowndes, but Bennet Strutz made his only save of the contest to keep the one-goal edge.
Minutes later Skraastad was tackled in the box by not one by two SCC defenders, earning the penalty kick, and McNamara converted low and right, past Brandon Campbell. McNamara’s second goal of the match came from a hard strike down the right side, beating Campbell to the front post. CU took 16 shots to just two by St. Catharine in the second half.
Cumberland plays at Asbury University on Wednesday and Shawnee State on October 24 next week.