|October 28, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|CUMBERLA||0:58||Kam Stanley (Cathal Coyne , Tyler Watson)|
|CUMBERLA||23:53||Martin Walsh (Thomas Groenhilder )|
|TENNESSE||27:38||Mario Lopez (Alejandro Blanco )|
|CUMBERLA||29:20||Tyler Watson (Edvin Grevskott )|
|TENNESSE||56:30||Manuel Otero (Manuel Morales )|
|CUMBERLA||58:12||John Azar (Martin Walsh )|
|CUMBERLA||84:04||Brandon Gonzalez (Martin Walsh )|
|Stats at a Glance||CUMBERLA||TENNESSE|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (12)||15 (9)|
PULASKI, Tenn.-- Cumberland men's soccer wins the back and forth season finale by a score of 5-4 over Tennessee Southern.
The Phoenix wasted no time after taking a 1-0 lead only 58 seconds into the game thanks to a goal by Kam Stanley. Cathal Coyne completed a long pass downfield to Tyler Watson for a one-timer header to Kam Stanley who connected a shot into the left portion of the net for the Phoenix's first goal of the game.
The Phoenix extended their lead to 2-0 late into the first half after Martin Walsh fired off a powerful kick from outside of the box.
With 17:25 remaining in the first half, Tennessee Southern responded to cut the Phoenix lead down to 2-1 after Alejandro Blanco passed the ball to Mario Lopez at the top of the box who fired a shot over Jacob Forster for the goal.
The Phoenix instantly answered back two minutes later after Edvin Grevskott completed a pass across the box that found Tyler Watson for the header and goal to give the Phoenix a 3-1 lead.
Tennessee Southern's Manuel Otero made a long pass from about ten feet out of the box to Manuel Morales who recorded a goal off of a header to cut the Phoenix lead down to 3-2.
Martin Walsh helped extend the Phoenix lead to 4-2 after he found John Azar in the middle of the box for a cross-body shot that connected for a goal.
With 17:38 remaining in the game Jacob Forster saves a shot that was unfortunately deflected right back to Mario Lopez who ripped a shot into the back of the net off of the deflection to cut the Phoenix lead down to 4-3.
Tennessee Southern tied the game up at 4-4 with 15 minutes left in the game after a Cumberland foul that resulted in a free-kick right outside of the box. Carlos Galan took the free-kick for the Firehawks and was able to sneak a strong shot into the upper left corner of the net.
The Phoenix regained the lead when Tyler Watson made a cross pass into the box to Brandon Gonzalez who converted a behind-the-back kick for a goal with 6 minutes remaining in the game to give the Phoenix a 5-4 lead. Cumberland would go on the win the game and end their regular season on a high note.
This win improves Cumberland's overall record to 12-3-1 with a conference record of 8-2-1. The Phoenix awaits the Mid-South Conference's release of the tournament bracket to determine who Cumberland will play in the Mid-South Conference tournament.