The Cumberland Bulldogs came into Saturday’s soccer match with a sparkling 6-1 overall record and a 2-0 slate in the Mid-South Conference that earned them a ranking of 15th nationally in the NAIA.
The visitors from Lebanon, Tennessee learned early that they would have to battle all afternoon, squeaking out a 2-1 win over Paul Patton’s Patriots (7-1, 2-1). The final goal came with just 19 seconds left and could have easily been a different outcome according to Patton. “It looked like we would have the final possession for a chance to win,” said Patton. “But they got control and were able to get behind the defense.” That final goal came from Shauna Gilpin who took a long pass from Kaitlin Phillips and scored from 10 yards out. It was one of two goals allowed by SC goalkeeper Lindsey Vinson who had seven saves. The Bulldogs had a total of 22 shots, nine of them on goal while St. Catharine mustered just one shot, that being a goal by Courtney Anderson with 21 minutes to play in the game. That goal gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead that stood up until Taylor Nay’s goal for Cumberland tied the score with 16 minutes left in the game.
The Patriots will travel to Columbia on Tuesday to take on Lindsey Wilson (8-2, 3-1) who is ranked number one nationally in the NAIA. They are back home Friday to play Georgetown College at 2:00.