November 10, 20211st2ndFinal
Tennessee Southern011
UTS56:16Estelle Badoedana Ek (Mackenzie Stroebel , Keito Ido)
CUSavanna Stubbs90:0018
UTSGabby Kennedy90:0003
Stats at a GlanceCUUTS
Shots (on Goal)13 (3) 23 (9)
Corner Kicks49
Yellow Cards10
Cumberland falls to Tenn. Southern 1-0 in MSC Semis
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Cumberland falls to Tenn. Southern 1-0 in MSC Semis
Brenda Cernas recorded three shots with one on goal in the match (Credit: Steve Wampler)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-- Cumberland women's soccer falls 1-0 to #4 Tennessee-Southern in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Cumberland (13-4-1, 8-2-1 MSC) was the four seed in the tournament, and Tennessee Southern (17-1, 10-1 MSC) earned the first seed. The last time the two teams met was two weeks ago, as Cumberland earned a 2-1 upset win on the road.

The first half of the game was very close between the two teams as the game went into the first half scoreless. The Phoenix had six shots on goal to the 8 of the Firehawks, although both teams recorded one shot on goal in the first half.

After the half, the Firehawks came out of the locker room with a lot of energy.

Tennessee Southern's Estelle Badoedana Ek scored the lone goal of the game in the 56th minute. The goal occurred after Mackenzie Stroebel fired a shot on CU keeper Savannah Stubbs that she saved but left the rebound floating in the air. Badoedana Ek finished off the play with a header into the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead.

After 34 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Firehawks secured a 1-0 victory over the Phoenix. The Firehawks rattled off 15 shots in the second half, with eight on goal. Cumberland managed seven shots in the second half, with two on goal.

Leading the way individually for the Phoenix was Haley Stevens, with four total shots in the match. Brenda Cernas, Emma Lucas, and Marie Bathe recorded the shots on goal for Cumberland. Savannah Stubbs had a solid match for the Phoenix in net as she made eight saves on nine shots.

With the loss, 14th ranked Cumberland now awaits an at-large bid in the NAIA National Women's Soccer Tournament.