LEBANON, Tenn. – Katie Ongaro posted a goal and an assist in the second half, leading third-seeded Cumberland to a 3-0 victory over Freed-Hardeman during the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships in women’s soccer action Saturday at the CU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (9-6-1) pressured FHU early and jumped to an early lead on Rhianne Parson’s shot from left of the keeper on an assist from Helena Dimantas Farias in the 16th minute. Parsons tallied eight shots, four on goal, in the first half as CU took a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Cumberland kept the Lions (10-6-3) off the scoreboard in the opening half by controlling play and keeping most of the game on FHU’s side of the field. Before the break CU tallied 10 shots and held the visitors to just one shot, which was saved by Simone Quinn.
The dominating performance continued in the second half as the Bulldogs controlled play again and increased their lead to 2-0 at 56:31 when Ongaro registered her third goal of the season. The Edmonton, Canada, native tossed a throw-in to Dimantas Farias, who bumped it back to Ongaro as the freshman blasted a shot into the back of the net from 30 yards out. For her efforts Ongaro was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Freshman Renee’ LaRose tallied CU’s final goal of the day six minutes later with a beautiful header from just in front of the net on Ongaro’s corner kick.
Cumberland takes on Lyon College in the semifinals Tuesday in Batesville, Ark.