Second-half goals send CU to victory
Friday, August 26, 2011
Second-half goals send CU to victory
Rhianne Parsons scored on a penalty kick for the Bulldogs in a 2-1 win at Union College on Friday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Rhianne Parsons scored on a penalty kick early in the second half and Helena Dimantas Farias netted the game-winner on a free kick from just outside the box, giving Cumberland a 2-1 season-opening victory in women’s soccer at Union College Friday in the Bulldog Classic.

Parsons posted her penalty kick in the 62nd minute, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 edge, but Union answered just 27 seconds later on an unassisted goal from Helen Weber. Cumberland answered after Union keeper Stephanie Burton touched the ball outside of the box, setting up Dimantas Farias’ free kick.

The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the match, posting an 18-4 edge in shots, including three that hit either the crossbar or posts. Burton made eight saves in the match while CU freshman Elizabeth Surdam had just two saves in posting her first career victory in net.

Cumberland started six freshmen and three sophomores in the victory, bringing on Dimantas Farias and Morgan Shaffer, the team’s top two goals scorers in 2010, as substitutes.

The Bulldogs conclude play in the tournament Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against NCAA Division II Barton College.