September 11, 20121st2ndFinal
Martin Methodist112
Cumberland Univ.101
CU-M12:27Williams, Bradley (Mason, Harry )
MMC-M38:39Niklas Larsson (Jermaine Steele )
MMC-M57:32Jonathan Cabale (Amaury Barritault , Sam Dowson)
MMC-MStephen Lunney90:0015
CU-MShattuck, Sully90:0026
Stats at a GlanceMMC-MCU-M
Shots (on Goal)18 (8) 12 (6)
Corner Kicks55
Yellow Cards22
Unlucky bounces send CU to 2-1 loss
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Unlucky bounces send CU to 2-1 loss
Bradley Williams scored CU's only goal in a 2-1 loss Tuesday against Martin Methodist. (Credit Chuck Thompson)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Niklas Larsson and Jonathan Cabale’s shots from distance both hit the post but found the back of the net, as Martin Methodist erased an early deficit en route to a 2-1 victory over Cumberland in men’s soccer action Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Cumberland (1-2-0) took an early lead on a goal from Bradley Williams, a low, hard shot on a drop-off from Harry Mason that beat keeper Stephen Lunney in the 13th minute. The Bulldogs controlled play for the better part of 25 minutes to start the match, but the RedHawks were the more dominant team for most of the rest of the match.

MMC (3-1-0) knotted the score in the 39th minute, with Larsson’s shot from 35 yards hitting the left post and bouncing in on an assist from Jermaine Steele. The visitors took the lead on much the same play, with Cabale’s shot from 25 yards hitting the left post as well after a nice combination from Smaury Barritault and Sam Dowson.

CU keeper Sully Shattuck never saw either shot that found the net, screened by his own defenders. The senior made six saves in taking the loss and Lunney collected five saves for MMC.

Martin Methodist outshot the Bulldogs, 18-12, overall with five corner kicks for either squad. Both teams also drew two yellow cards apiece and combined for 37 fouls in the match.

Cumberland opens Mid-South Conference action Friday at home at 1 p.m. against fifth-ranked Rio Grande.