|October 07, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|CU-W||33:57||Copeland, Autumn (Campbell, Emma )|
|CAMPW||66:15||Molly Hall (Lakin Walls )|
|CU-W||85:00||Haddock, Sarah (Holloway, Rebecca )|
|CU-W||89:46||Stevens, Haley (Aplin, Mariah )|
|Stats at a Glance||CAMPW||CU-W|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (7)||18 (12)|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Eighth-ranked Cumberland scored a pair of goals in the final minutes of both halves and the Phoenix held off Campbellsville University, 4-1, in women’s soccer action here Sunday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Tigers (7-5-0, 1-2-0 Mid-South) had the best scoring chances in the first 30 minutes of the match but three saves from Ashley Kambeitz kept things scoreless. Autumn Copeland and Rebecca Holloway both scored for the Phoenix (11-1-0, 2-0-0) in the last 12 minutes of the period for a 2-0 CU lead at intermission.
Cumberland hit the crossbar and the post in the second half, outshooting Campbellsville, 11-5, in the period, but a lofted left-footed shot by Molly Hall sailed over Kambeitz’s head into the side net in the 67th minute, pulling the Tigers within 2-1. A header by Hall just minutes later was saved by Kambeitz, keeping CU in the lead.
The Phoenix finally broke through in the period in the last five minutes, with Sarah Haddock settling a free kick from Holloway and beating Campbellsville goalkeeper Katelyn Young from inside the six-yard box at the 85-minute mark.
Mariah Aplin’s cross to the top of the six was finished by Haley Stevens in the final minute, the eighth win in nine home matches this season for CU.
The Tigers controlled the run of play and had the best scoring chances for most of the first half, including a header by Hall off a corner kick in the seventh minute, with Kambeitz making a reactionary save to keep Campbellsville off the board.
Hall’s header went straight to Kambeitz in the 16th minute and another header by Hall forced a diving save by the CU goalkeeper in the 21st minute. Campbellsville held possession for almost the entire first 30 minutes of the match.
Cumberland was called for offsides eight times in the first half, unable to time runs for long passes against a very high defensive line by the Tigers. In the 34th minute Emma Campbell made a long run down the right side.
Her chip to the front post found Copeland, whose header sailed over the head of Young to the far post for Copeland’s sixth goal of the year and a 1-0 CU advantage.
Cumberland scored again just before the half, with Holloway picking up a deflection near the top of the box. The senior dribbled left and drilled a shot low and hard to the far post past a diving Young with 58.6 seconds left in the period for a 2-0 Phoenix lead at intermission.
Cumberland was the aggressor coming out of the locker room, with Stevens hitting the post just six minutes into the period and Holloway drilling the crossbar after a nice sliding save by Young on a Campbell shot.
Holloway’s free kick from 40 yards fell right to the feet of Haddock, whose header off a corner kick minutes earlier was cleared away by a Campbellsville defender. The CU sophomore settled the ball, took one dribble around Young and scored her first goal of the year.
The Phoenix were called for offsides eight more times in the second half but held their run enough for the final goal, with Aplin taking a long pass down the left and finding a wide open Stevens for the score.
Cumberland hits the road Wednesday, taking on Georgetown College, and returns home next Sunday to take on 13th-ranked Lindsey Wilson at Noon.