October 01, 20141st2ndFinal
Univ. of Cumberlands000
Cumberland Univ.145
CU36:15Goodwin, Elliot (Reilly, Tom )
CU55:28McNamara, Brian (Owens, Marty )
CU69:23McNamara, Brian (Goodwin, Elliot )
CU76:07McNamara, Brian (Marr, Alex )
CU85:11Cunha, Bruno Brito (Sheen, Sam )
UC-MPresa, Caio90:0053
CUHamilton, Ian90:0001
Stats at a GlanceUC-MCU
Shots (on Goal)9 (1) 17 (8)
Corner Kicks23
Yellow Cards10
McNamara's hat trick leads men to fourth straight win
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
McNamara's hat trick leads men to fourth straight win
Freshman Brian McNamara posted a natural hat trick in CU's 5-0 victory Wednesday over the University of the Cumberlands. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Brian McNamara posted a natural hat trick and Elliot Goodwin added a goal and an assist in Cumberland’s 5-0 win over the University of the Cumberlands in men’s soccer action Wednesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

McNamara scored in the 55th, 69th and 77th minutes, helping the Bulldogs (5-4-1, 3-1-0 Mid-South) break open a tight match and win their fourth straight overall. The freshman forward got assists from Marty Owens, Goodwin and Alex Marr for the goals, his second, third and fourth of the season.

Goodwin put Cumberland on top late in the first half, taking a long cross from Tom Reilly at the back post. He settled the ball, made one move to the right and fired far post into the side netting for his third goal of the year and a 1-0 advantage in the 37th minute, a lead the Bulldogs held at intermission.

McNamara started the second-half scoring barrage, finishing a cross from Owens in the 55th minute. With the Patriots (4-5-0, 2-2-0) pressing high, Goodwin won a ball at midfield and sent a long pass forward down the middle. McNamara beat two defenders to the ball as well as a hard-charging keeper, Caio Presa, chipping over Presa into the net in the 69th minute for a 3-0 advantage.

He scored again on an assist from Marr, very similar to the first goal from Owens, taking a cross and finding the back of the net.

Bruno Brito Cunha put the icing on the cake for the Bulldogs in the 86th minute, hitting a one-timer from near the penalty spot off a cross by Sella Gannot for his first career goal.

Cumberland heads to the University of Pikeville for an 11 a.m. Central Time match Saturday before taking on sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson on the road next Tuesday.