Lebanon High graduate Chuka Aruh scored the first goal and assisted on another in Cumberland's 3-1 win over Shawnee State in men's soccer action Sunday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Bulldogs (2-4-1, 1-1-0 Mid-South) scored the first two goals of the match and got an insurance tally in the 87th minute, with Alex Marr netting his second goal of the year on a nice assist from Aruh.
Cumberland controlled the action for almost the entire first half and the majority of time in the second half, but seven offsides calls and several other miscommunications in the final third hindered the club from pulling away from the Bears (1-5-1, 0-2-0).
Aruh's score in the 16th minute put CU ahead in the first half, with the freshman taking a long pass down the left side and chipping over the hard-charging SSU keeper Justin Mahlmeister. The Bulldogs nearly scored again in the 30th minute when Bruno Brito Cunha hit the right post and two minutes later some nifty footwork from Marty Owens led to a left-footed strike that sailed just wide.
Armstrong found Owens with a long pass in the 66th minute and Owens also chipped over Mahlmeister for a 2-0 CU edge, but the Bears cut the deficit in half in the 74th minute when close range shots from Mauricio Solis and Clement Osei-Bonsu were both saved by Cumberland's Ian Hamilton before Jonathan Pryor put in the easy rebound on the back post.
Aruh sat at the scorer's table to re-enter the match for nearly 10 minutes and made an immediate impact when he was finally able to come onto the field, taking control of a ball on the leftside of the field. He dribbled right, drawing defenders before laying off a nice pass to Marr, who went far post against SSU's Brandon Pfeifer for the final goal of the match.
Mahlmeister finished with three saves and Pfeifer had no saves in just over 21 minutes of action in goal for Shawnee State. Hamilton made six saves for his second win of the year.
Cumberland hosts St. Catharine College Saturday, Sept. 27 and the University of the Cumberlands on October 1.