|August 26, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
West Virginia Tech
|WVUT||2:34||Gutierez, Eduardo (Neto, Francisco )|
|WVUT||56:17||Neto, Francisco (Adan, Alvaro )|
|CU||59:09||Williams, Danny (Goodwin, Elliot )|
|CU||65:54||Goodwin, Elliot (Abudiore, Tosin , Williams, Danny)|
|Stats at a Glance||WVUT||CU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (6)||19 (10)|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Francisco Neto scored twice and assisted on another goal, as West Virginia Tech took a 3-0 lead and then held on for a 3-2 victory over 19th-ranked Cumberland in men’s soccer action here Friday afternoon at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Phoenix had two bad giveaways in the first half and the Golden Bears capitalized on both, with Neto sliding a through ball to Eduardo Gutierez for a goal in the third minute. Then Neto gathered a ball near the top of the box and fired with the left foot into the left corner of the net in the 32nd minute for a 2-0 WVU Tech advantage.
Cumberland had its chances in the first half, with Marty Owens missing an open net in the 10th minute and Danny Williams drilling the post of an open goal late in the period after WVU Tech’s Hunter Moles missed a long pass across the field.
Neto pushed the Golden Bears advantage to 3-0 in the 57th minute, heading a corner kick from Alvaro Adan at the back post that hit a CU defender and the post before bouncing into the net.
The Phoenix finally got on the scoreboard thanks to Williams, who headed in an Elliot Goodwin cross in the 60th minute and found the back of the net six minutes later off a corner by Tosin Abudiore.
Cumberland continued pressing but was unable to get an equalizer, with Moles making three saves in the final 45 minutes and eight total in the match. CU’s Bennet Strutz made three saves in the loss and had little chance on any of the WVU Tech goals.
Cumberland plays at home again Monday at 2 p.m. against Milligan College.