LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored three times in the first 25 minutes of the second half, providing a bit of cushion in a match the Bulldogs dominated, posting a 24-3 advantage in shots in a 4-0 CU victory in women’s soccer action Tuesday over Bryan College at the CU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (7-1-0) took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on Rhianne Parsons’ fifth goal of the season and third in the last four outings. Helena Dimantas Farias and Shauna Gilpin both scored in the first five minutes of the second half and Samantha Skinner added the final goal for CU in the 69th minute.
CU keeper Lindsey Kitson was barely tested and did not make a save in picking up her second win of the year. Bryan (3-6-1) dropped its fourth consecutive outing.
The Bulldogs controlled play for almost the entire first half, much of it in CU’s offensive end, but put together only a couple of good scoring chances. Parsons converted from six yards after Dimantas Farias slid a pass through the defense in the 36th minute.
Cumberland missed several other chances, failing to cross balls down the lines and instead firing them right to Bryan keeper Stephanie Gagnon, who had three saves in the half and nine in the match. Bryan took just one shot in the period and it came in the final three minutes by sub Dorie Fleming.
In the second half Dimantas Farias dribbled past five or six defenders before beating Gagnon top shelf from point-blank range just 1:37 into the period. Gilpin took a careless giveaway by the Lions and converted it for her second goal of the year just over three minutes later.
Later in the half Morgan Shaffer made a run down the rightside and her shot was saved, but Skinner was in the right place at the right time, taking the rebound and finding the back of the net for score of her career.
Cumberland takes on Lyon College this Saturday at 2 p.m. and returns home Saturday, October 8 to face Oakland City University at 3 p.m.