LEBANON, Tenn. – Bethel University scored early, controlling play the entire first half, and then held off a furious Cumberland rally in the final minutes for a 1-0 Wildcats victory Wednesday in women’s soccer action at the CU Soccer Field.
The Wildcats (4-3-0, 1-0-0 TranSouth) were the aggressor for most of the first half, outshooting the Bulldogs, 8-4, controlling play and winning just about every ball in the midfield and on free kicks. BU’s aggressive play led to the only score of the half, with Lori Magnusen feeding Ariel Morris for a low, left-footed shot past CU keeper Elizabeth Surdam in the 12th minute.
Bethel had other chances in the opening period in the TranSouth Conference opener for both clubs, but BU was unable to find the back of the net.
Cumberland (5-1-0, 0-1-0) played much better in the second half, but several scoring chances were thwarted by odd bounces on the very wet field. BU goalie Jessica Coates recorded the shutout and posted six saves, while Surdam also finished with six saves, including a couple late in the second half that kept Bethel from extending the lead.
Cumberland hosts Davenport University at 1 p.m. Sunday and then takes on Bryan College at 3 p.m. next Tuesday at home.