Bulldogs drop 6-1 decision to Union
LEBANON, Tenn. – Morgan Shaffer’s goal midway through the first half tied the match, but Union Univ. scored five times in the second half en route to a 6-1 victory over Cumberland in women’s soccer action Thursday at Friendship Christian School.
The match was moved from Friday because of forecasted inclement weather in the middle Tennessee area. Cumberland (2-6-1, 0-2-0 TSAC) lost its third consecutive match.
Eboni Murphy both twice for Union (6-5-2) in the victory, while Christina Reardon assisted on two of the goals and scored one of her own.
Eboni Murphy was 1-v-1 with CU keeper Cierra Boots 14 minutes into the first half and Boots was called for a foul in the box, keeping Murphy from a possible rebound and giving the visitors a penalty kick. Candice Blackard put home the PK for a 1-0 Union advantage in the 14th minute.
The Bulldogs tied the match in the 26th minute after a cross from Kristen McClanahan. Rachel Scoggins’ pass to haffer was deflected but still made it through, and Shaffer beat Union keeper Laura Pla low and left for her fourth goal of the season.
Murphy put Union back ahead in the 34th minute, beating everyone to a ball that almost stopped in the box and drilling a shot from 15 yards just inside the right post.
Murphy scored again in the 68th minute after a long pass forward for her second goal of the match. Steffi King added another goal for Union in the 72nd minute for a 5-1 lead.
Union scored twice more in the final 13 minutes, starting with a header by Jill Landers. Reardon netted a goal on a penalty kick in the 88th minute for the final goal of the match.
Boots registered 12 saves in goal for the Bulldogs while facing 36 shots from Union.
Cumberland plays at Martin Methodist next Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a men’s and women’s doubleheader.