Parsons nets golden goal in 2-1 victory
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Parsons nets golden goal in 2-1 victory
Rhianne Parsons scored the game-winner 48 seconds into overtime Saturday at Tennessee Wesleyan. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – After waiting nearly an hour before overtime because of a lightning delay, Rhianne Parsons scored unassisted 48 seconds into the extra period, giving Cumberland a 2-1 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan in women’s soccer action Saturday in Athens, Tenn.

The sophomore blasted a shot into the back of the net from just outside the 18-yard box less than a minute into overtime, providing the Bulldogs (3-0) with their third consecutive victory, the longest winning streak to start a season since before 2004.

The Bulldogs outshot TWC, 19-8, including 10 shots on goal. TWC’s Kristen Davis recorded eight saves in goal for the home team while CU’s Elizabeth Surdam knotched her third win in goal, making four saves.

Simone Quinn put the Bulldogs ahead in the 13th minute, heading in a corner kick from Helena Dimantas Farias, Quinn’s first goal of the season and first since netting two goals on September 29 last season against Judson College.

Tennessee Wesleyan knotted the game at one in the 59th minute, unassisted by Maddie Thomas on a shot from 18 yards. The teams ended regulation tied at one when a storm in the area caused an hour delay before a restart and Parsons game-winner.

Cumberland plays at Campbellsville University next Friday at 6 p.m.