LEBANON, Tenn. – Whitney Newby’s goal in the 103rd minute on an assist from Julie Bracknell propelled Freed-Hardeman to a 2-1 double overtime over Cumberland in women’s soccer action on Tuesday at the CU Soccer Field.
Cumberland (9-7-0, 0-6-0 TranSouth) scored the first goal of the match in the seventh minute, as Helena Dimantas Farias took the pass after a short corner kick and found Morgan Shaffer in front of the net for her fifth goal of the year.
The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the first 70 minutes of the match but really did not threaten the goal very many occasions. The lack of an ability to add another score kept the door open for the Lions (5-8-1, 1-5-0), who tied the match in the 74th minute on a beautiful strike from 30 yards by Briley Collins, just over the head of CU keeper Lindsay Kitson.
FHU then became the aggressor for the remainder of the match. An accidental knee or foot to the head of Kitson forced her out of the match in the first overtime, but no one in net had much of the chance of Newby’s winning score.
The Lions played a long ball down the left sideline and Bracknell ran it down, beat a defender down the endline and passed to a streaking Newby in front of the net. The junior hit the ball with the outside of her right foot, easily beating Elizabeth Surdam for the golden goal.
With the loss Cumberland now faces Bethel University on Saturday at 2 p.m. in McKenzie in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships.