Early goal carries CU
LEBANON, Tenn. – Helena Dimantas Farias scored in the second minute of the match and Cumberland made it hold up, defeating Lambuth, 1-0, in women’s soccer action Friday afternoon at the CU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (2-3-0) ended a two-match losing streak with the victory, while Dimantas Farias netted her team-leading eighth goal of the year.
Just two minutes into the match Dimantas Farias scored from the top of the 18-yard box, beating LU keeper Rachel Harlass. Morgan Shaffer provided the assist, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.
Lambuth held the ball on its offensive end for almost the entire first half but failed to find the back of the net. The Eagles outshot CU, 9-2, in the period, but Bulldog keeper Cierra Boots made four saves.
In the second half Dimantas Farias nearly gave CU a two-goal lead in the opening minute, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. The Bulldogs were much more aggressive offensively in the second half, keeping possession for the first 15 minutes of the period.
But the Eagles took back control and nearly tied the match in the 62nd minute when Elizabeth Boone hit the crossbar, but the rebound was gathered by Boots, keeping the Bulldogs in the lead.
Lambuth continued to attack for most of the final 20 minutes, but the Bulldog defense and Boots thwarted their efforts. Shaffer nearly added an insurance goal for CU in the final two minutes on a nice feed from Simone Quinn, but Shaffer’s shot sailed high.
Cumberland hosts Virginia Intermont Saturday, September 19, at 2 p.m. and begins TranSouth Conference action at home on Sept. 22 against Bethel University.