October 21, 20141st2ndFinal
Brescia Univ.000
Cumberland Univ.358
CU1:09Goodwin, Elliot (Owens, Marty )
CU7:18Marr, Alex (Armstrong, Josh )
CU29:40Sheen, Sam (Armstrong, Josh )
CU57:42Carr, Patrick (Owens, Marty )
CU57:45McNamara, Brian (Armstrong, Josh )
CU71:46McNamara, Brian (Marr, Alex )
CU81:46Johnson, Cody (Pierce, Kurt )
BRESMinnogue, Connor71:4676
BRESWayman, Nathan18:1411
CUHamilton, Ian90:0001
Stats at a GlanceBRESCU
Shots (on Goal)6 (1) 32 (16)
Corner Kicks213
Bulldogs dominate in 8-0 victory
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Bulldogs dominate in 8-0 victory
Brian McNamara scored a pair of second-half goals in CU's 8-0 win Tuesday over Brescia. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Brian McNamara scored twice and Josh Armstrong handed out three assists, as Cumberland won for the eighth time in nine matches in an 8-0 victory over Brescia University in men’s soccer action Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-5-1 overall this season after standing just 1-4-1 just over a month ago. The squad has allowed just six goals in the last nine outings compared to 15 in the first six matches of the year.

Cumberland dominated from the outset, with Elliot Goodwin scoring just over a minute into the match and Alex Marr adding a goal in the eighth minute. The Bulldogs outshot the Bearcats, 21-4, in the first half and led 3-0 at intermission despite creating numerous excellent scoring chances in the period.

An own goal early in the second half opened the floodgates for CU, with Patrick Carr heading in a goal and McNamara scoring twice thereafter before Cody Johnson’s final tally in the 82nd minute. The Bulldogs posted 32 shots in the match.

Cumberland started quickly, with Marr nearly scoring in the first 10 seconds of the match, but Goodwin headed in a corner kick from Marty Owens just 1:09 into the contest for an early lead.

Just over six minutes later Marr found the back of the net, with Armstrong crossing into the box. The ball deflected off a defender and Marr put it into an open net for his fourth goal of the year.

Cumberland continued to dominate the action for the remainder of the half, outshooting the Bearcats, 21-4, but continued to miss good chances to score, including a beautiful header by McNamara off a long cross from Armstrong that nailed the crossbar. Brescia keeper Connor Minnogue also made five saves, many on point-blank shots.

The Bulldogs finally broke through on another set piece, with Sam Sheen heading in an Armstrong free kick in the 30th minute, Sheen’s sixth goal in the last three matches, and CU took a 3-0 advantage to intermission.

The own goal came in the 53rd minute on a cross from Owens, with Brescia defender Colin Davis deflecting the pass into his own net. Carr’s header off an Owens corner kick in the 58th minute gave the Bulldogs a 5-0 advantage.

McNamara scored about two minutes later, taking a long pass from Armstrong and chipping past a hard-charging Minnogue. In the 72nd minute, Marr played a cross to McNamara down the right side and his shot to the far post beat the keeper for his sixth goal of the year.

Johnson ran into Kurt Pierce’s long pass ahead and chipped past Brescia back-up keeper Nathan Wayman in the 82nd minute, Johnson’s second goal in as many matches.

Cumberland finishes the regular season this Sunday at West Alabama and November 3 at Ohio Christian University. The Bulldogs will play a home match in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships on November 8 at 1:30 p.m. against a yet-to-be determined opponent.