LEBANON, Tenn. – Lindenwood University scored twice in the first 16 minutes and despite a second-half goal from Harry Mason, Cumberland was never able to overcome the slow start, dropping a 2-1 decision in men’s soccer Saturday at the Gibson County Tourism Board Classic in Oakland City, Ind.
Lindenwood (6-1-0) has allowed just five goals in seven matches this season and used two early scores to distance themselves from the Bulldogs (2-3-0). Alexander Rivera scored in the fifth minute and Mauricio Medina in the 16th minute, both unassisted, for a 2-0 advantage.
Mason netted his second goal of the weekend in the 73rd minute for CU, but it was not enough for Cumberland to overcome. Lindenwood outshot the Bulldogs, 17-4, while CU keeper Gubby John-Williams made five saves.
Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action Tuesday, facing Bethel University in McKenzie at 2 p.m.