September 06, 20141st2ndFinal
Missouri Baptist011
Cumberland Univ.224
CU4:38Owens, Marty (Sheen, Sam )
CU18:11Owens, Marty (Goodwin, Elliot )
CU48:48Carr, Patrick (McNamara, Brian , Owens, Marty)
MBU50:35Gerardo Espinoza (Jamie Skillen )
CU79:17Reilly, Tom (Sheen, Sam )
MBUJohn Schnurbusch90:00410
CUHamilton, Ian90:0016
Stats at a GlanceMBUCU
Shots (on Goal)19 (7) 26 (14)
Corner Kicks86
Yellow Cards10
Owens scores twice in 4-1 men's soccer win
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Owens scores twice in 4-1 men's soccer win
Marty Owens scored a pair of first-half goals in CU's 4-1 victory Saturday against Missouri Baptist. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Marty Owens scored twice in the first half and Patrick Carr and Tom Reilly added scores in the second period, as Cumberland picked up its first win of the season with a 4-1 victory Saturday over Missouri Baptist at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The Bulldogs (1-2-1) jumped ahead quickly, with Owens putting home an easy rebound in front of the net in the fifth minute after MBU keeper John Schnurbusch fumbled Sam Sheen’s shot from 15 yards.

Owens added to the advantage in the 19th minute, taking a pass from Elliot Goodwin just outside the box on the left side. His shot to the far post got past a giving Schnurbusch for a 2-0 edge for CU.

The Spartans’ (0-2-2) best chance of the half came via a streaking Jamie Skillen down the left side, with his shot from a bad angle banging hard off the post in the 28th minute.

The Bulldogs controlled play for just about the remainder of the period and nearly scored at least once more, with Schnurbusch snagging a header from Jacob McElyea and also saving a free kick by Sheen from nearly the same spot as Owens’s second goal.

Cumberland started fast again in the second half, with Schnurbusch saving shots from Owens and Josh Armstrong in the first three minutes. Owens took a corner kick in the 49th minute that Brian McNamara and the keeper got to at just the same moment. The boy fell in front of the net and Patrick Carr knocked it home for a 3-0 CU lead.

Missouri Baptist responded less than two minutes later when Gerardo Espinoza half-volleyed a corner kick from Jamie Skillen to the front post, past CU’s Ian Hamilton and cutting the Bulldog lead to 3-1.

Reilly added the final goal for the Bulldogs from a bad angle down the left side, with his shot bouncing off the hands of Schnurbusch and into the net. Sheen had the assist on the play.

Cumberland opens Mid-South Conference play Thursday at Campbellsville University and plays at Kentucky on September 16 before returning home Sept. 21 to face Shawnee State.