Bulldogs drop 4-2 decision
LEBANON, Tenn. – Lambuth scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half and held off a furious rally for a 4-2 victory over Cumberland Friday afternoon in men’s soccer action at the CU Soccer Field.
Lambuth led 1-0 at halftime before Brett Boylan, Jose Kislansky and Adam Grant all found the back of the net for the Eagles. Yue Wang and Bradley Williams both scored for Cumberland later in the half, but CU was not able to cut into the lead anymore than that.
Marcelo de Valle gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute of the match with a one-timer from near 30 yards that rolled past the diving CU keeper Gubby John-Williams. Boylan handed out the assist for LU.
Lambuth nearly added a second goal late in the half when Grant redirected a bouncing ball deep in the box, but it bounced off the right goalpost and into the arms of John-Williams.
Lambuth controlled play for pretty much the entire first half, outshooting the Bulldogs, 9-3, in the period, and forcing John-Williams to make three saves. CU was also whistled for 11 fouls in the half compared to only two for the Eagles.
Lambuth wasted little time adding to its lead in the second half, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes. Boylan scored in the 52nd minute, an easy goal from in close after a scramble in the box and after a deflected shot by Grant.
Just two minutes later Daniel Ericcson fed a nice ball at the top of the box to Kislansky, who turned and found the upper 90 for the Eagles third goal of the match.
Grant netted Lambuth’s fourth goal in the 65th minute, connecting from 12 yards into an empty net after John-Williams came too far out.
The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the 70th minute when Wang lofted a shot into the upper 90. He was assisted by Williams and Robert Boyd on the play.
Williams’ header in the box found the back of the net in the 78th minute off a long free kick from Deon Ternent.
Cumberland hosts Virginia Intermont Saturday, September 19, at 4 p.m. and begins TranSouth Conference action at home on Sept. 22 against Bethel University.