Parsons PK enough for CU
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Parsons PK enough for CU
Rhianne Parsons scored the only goal in Sunday's match on a penalty kick against Davenport University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Rhianne Parsons’ penalty kick in the 39th minute was the only score and helped Cumberland overcome a sluggish start in a 1-0 victory over Davenport University in women’s soccer action Sunday at the CU Soccer Field.

The Bulldogs (6-1-0) played much better in the second half, controlling play and creating numerous scoring chances, none that found the back of the net. But CU posted a 14-7 advantage in shots after intermission and 21-16 overall in the match. Cumberland also took all five of its corner kicks after the break.

Davenport (7-4-0) had its sharing of scoring chances in the match, but CU keeper Elizabeth Surdam made seven saves for her fifth victory of the year in net, including a sliding stop near the top of the box against DU’s Lizzie Paul late in the first half.

Davenport’s Catherine Howard suffered the loss in goal, recording eight saves and giving up just the one score. The Panthers controlled the action for basically the entire first half, threatening Surdam on several occasions.

Cumberland plays its third consecutive home match Tuesday at 3 p.m. against Bryan College.