November 13, 20151st2nd1OT 2OT 3OT Final
Cumberland Univ.100001
Campbellsville Univ.100001
Scoring
CAMP-M16:43Nimmo, Daniel (Fanck, Guilherme )
CU-M29:16Murombo, Valentine (Goodwin, Elliot )
GoalkeepersMinGASv
CU-MStrutz, Bennet110:0016
CU-MTEAM0:0001
CAMP-MSapena, Gonzalo110:0015
Stats at a GlanceCU-MCAMP-M
Shots (on Goal)14 (6) 10 (8)
Saves75
Offsides43
Corner Kicks77
Fouls2112
Yellow Cards32
Red Cards01
Cumberland wins MSC crown on PKs
Friday, November 13, 2015
Cumberland wins MSC crown on PKs
Cumberland won its first Mid-South Conference championships title, 5-4, on PKs over Campbellsville. (Credit Richard Robards)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Thirteenth-ranked Cumberland converted all five of its penalty shootout chances, including the final one by Josh Armstrong, and claimed its first-ever Mid-South Conference Tournament championship against seventh-ranked Campbellsville University here Friday afternoon at Lovers Lane.

With the victory Cumberland earns the conference’s automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament, with the field announced at Noon on Monday via www.NAIANetwork.com.

Campbellsville played a man down the final 53-plus minutes of regulation and both overtime periods after Daniel Nimmo picked up two yellow cards in the first half. The Tigers created more chances at times than the Bulldogs even with the man down. Both teams had a goal nullified because of offsides, including a very controversial call with 10:05 left in the second half for Campbellsville.

Valentine Murombo netted just his second goal of the season in the 30th minute, knotting the match at one, but Cumberland played very direct in the second half and overtime, most of that against a stiff wind, and was able to penetrate the Campbellsville defense with many good scoring chances, just like the first meeting this season.

Gonzalo Sapena made a terrific diving save on a shot from Brian McNamara late in the second half and had another just before the end of regulation against Markus Skraastad.

In the shootout Campbellsville converted its first PK but Bennet Strutz saved the shot by Guilherme Fanck. Cumberland never gave Sapena much of a chance with its five attempts, as McNamara, Tom Reilly, Sondre Risa, Marty Owens and Armstrong all made their chances.

The Tigers controlled the pace of play for the opening 20 minutes fairly well, challenging Strutz in the first 10 minutes with shots from Marcelo Petit and Ryan Foster. Campbellsville broke through after Murombo was issued a yellow card in the 17th minute.

Fanck took the free kick from about 45 yards and the Bulldogs were not able to clear. Nimmo put home the goal for an early 1-0 lead for the Tigers, just his third of the year.

Cumberland finally gained control of possession midway through the half and Goodwin’s shot was blocked out of bounds for a corner kick. About two minutes later Reilly dribbled down the right side and passed outside to Goodwin, who crossed back to the middle. The ball was deflected and Murombo picked it up and put it home from about 10 yards, into the bottom right corner, knotting the match in the 30th minute.

Nimmo picked up a yellow card earlier in the first half against a hard-charging McNamara and did the same thing again in the 37th minute against Goodwin. He was sent off with 8:22 left in the first half.