Shaffer, Dimantas Farias net goals in 2-1 triumph
LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Morgan Shaffer scored early and sophomore Helena Dimantas Farias added an insurance goal late in Cumberland’s 2-1 victory over Freed-Hardeman Thursday in women’s soccer action at Friendship Christian School.
With the victory Cumberland (3-7-2, 1-3-1 TranSouth) assured itself a place in the TranSouth Championships that begin November 7.
Shaffer scored in the 10th minute unassisted for her fifth goal of the season. Dimantas Farias had a pair of excellent chances later in the half foiled by FHU keeper Tiffany Harris, one in particular from point-blank range.
But Dimantas Farias finally broke through in the 79th minute, beating Harris from 10 yards after a long free kick by Simone Quinn. It was the team-leading 10th score of the year for Dimantas Farias but her first since September 15 at Campbellsville Univ.
Julie Bracknell netted Freed-Hardeman’s score in the 87th minute into an open net after keeper Cierra Boots made two saves at the top of the box but the rebound bounced forward for an easy score.
FHU kept the pressure on in the closing minutes, with Briley Collins shooting high with just over a minute to play, but the Bulldogs closed out the match with the victory.
Boots made four saves for the Bulldogs, while Harris had eight for the Lions (2-11-2, 0-4-0).
Cumberland is scheduled to host Bethel Univ. Friday at 3 p.m. at FCS, but a not-so-favorable weather forecast could delay the match. Stay tuned to www.cumberland.edu/athletics for updates.