September 10, 20161st2ndFinal
Tennessee Wesleyan123
Cumberland Univ.101
TWU11:01Jacob, Jordan (Witton, Kevin )
CU38:36Williams, Daniel (Armstrong, Josh )
TWU58:42Bah, OT (McBrayer, Jake )
TWU84:09Jacob, Jordan
TWUO'Hare, Daniel90:0010
CUStrutz, Bennet90:0031
Stats at a GlanceTWUCU
Shots (on Goal)10 (4) 3 (1)
Corner Kicks35
Yellow Cards02
Slow start leads to 3-1 Phoenix loss
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Slow start leads to 3-1 Phoenix loss
Cumberland took just three shots in a 3-1 loss Saturday to Tennessee Wesleyan. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tennessee Wesleyan’s Jordan Jacob scored a pair of goals and 19th-ranked Cumberland was unable to connect on any part of its game in a 3-1 loss in men’s soccer action here Friday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Jacob put Wesleyan (3-0-1) ahead in the 12th minute with a goal, but Daniel Williams netted his team-leading fifth goal of the season to equalize for the Phoenix late in the first half.

Williams also scored again just two minutes into the second period, with a cross from Elliot Goodwin to the sophomore sailing high over the crossbar, but that was about the only offense in the match for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the 59th minute, with Jake McBrayer’s ball to the outside finding OT Bah, whose hard shot from a bad angle got under CU goalkeeper Bennet Strutz.

Jacob’s second goal was a bit of a gift, with an errant back pass to Strutz. Jacob beat Strutz to the ball and waltzed in for the uncontested score in the 85th minute, putting the match away for Wesleyan.

Cumberland got off to a slow start again, failing to keep possession and connect on either short or long passes. Tennessee Wesleyan took advantage, with Kevin Witton’s cross from near the right endline deflected to Jacob at the near post. Jacob did not hit the ball very well, but it rolled just inside the post for his fifth goal of the season in the 12th minute.

Super-sub Williams provided the Phoenix with a spark off the bench in the final 16 minutes of the half. Williams and Josh Armstrong connected in the 39th minute, with Armstrong crossing to the penalty spot. Williams’ left-footed shot also was not struck well, but he got enough of it to sneak past TWU goalkeeper Daniel O’Hare to equalize.

Wesleyan outshot the Phoenix, 10-3, in the match, with Strutz making three saves to none for O’Hare.

Cumberland travels to Martin Methodist on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff in Pulaski.