|October 21, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|CU-M||32:58||Williams, Daniel (Walderstrom,Jonathan )|
|CU-M||36:36||Lucumi, Julian (Morenzoni, Austin )|
|CU-M||63:10||Bagayoko, Bakary (Watson, Tyler )|
|CU-M||70:42||Pierce, Kevin (Abudiore, Tosin )|
|CU-M||75:49||Udulutch, Andrew (Lucumi, Julian , Gonzalez, Jose)|
|CU-M||78:47||Risa, Sondre (Doherty, Aidan )|
|Stats at a Glance||SSU||CU-M|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (1)||30 (16)|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Sondre Risa, Bakary Bagayoko and Julian Lucumi all netted three goals apiece and Cumberland scored six times in the second to run away from Shawnee State in a 9-0 win in men’s soccer action here Sunday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Phoenix (8-4-2, 6-0-0 Mid-South) won their seventh straight match and put themselves in position to claim an outright conference regular season championship for the first time since 2004 and the first time ever in the Mid-South Conference when they travel Wednesday to face the University of the Cumberlands. A win or a draw by Cumberland would mean an outright league crown for CU.
Cumberland scored three times in less than 20 minutes in the middle of the first half and then pounded the net over the final 27 minutes, collecting six goals in the club’s seventh shutout of the season.
Bakayoko got the Phoenix on the board in the 20th minute in the first half, finishing a long pass down the left side, beating Shawnee State goalkeeper Zachary Smith low and left.
CU defender Austin Morenzoni assisted on the last two goals of the first half, feeding Daniel Williams with a pass down the right side in the 33rd minute. Williams crossed toward the middle and hammered a left-footed shot into the upper 90, far post for a 2-0 advantage.
Just over two minutes later Lucumi headed in a Morenzoni throw-in, giving the Phoenix a 3-0 edge at intermission.
Bagayoko’s second goal of the match seemed to open the floodgates for the home team, with Tyler Watson feeding a nice ball down the left side to the CU sophomore. He cut back to the middle and fired far post for his ninth goal of the year in the 64th minute.
Watson was fouled near the endline just over a minute later and Risa converted the penalty kick, the first of two PK’s in the second half for CU.
Freshman Kevin Pierce got into the act in the 71st minute with a similar goal to Bakayoko’s second score. Pierce received a long pass down the left side from Tosin Abudiore, beat his defender back to the middle and scored far post.
In the 76th minute Brandon Gonzalez’s long ball down the left side found Lucumi, whose low cross went to the back of the net. Andrew Udulutch was there for the finish, the fifth goal of the year for the freshman.
Risa got his second goal of the match in the 79th minute after a Cumberland corner kick. The ball was not cleared away by the Bears (7-10-0, 0-6-0) and Aidan Doherty’s cross to the back post went directly to Risa, who headed in the pass.
Lucumi got the last goal for the Phoenix on another PK after Pierce was tackled in the box, beating SSU’s Corbin Betz in the 89th minute.