Phoenix fall to 4-1 in MSC
LEBANON -- Yudai Yamaguchi and Ignacio Mangada each posted a goal and an assist, as eighth-ranked Campbellsville University scored three times in the final 18 minutes in a 3-1 victory over No. 23 Cumberland Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The match was scoreless for more than 70 minutes, with Cumberland (8-4-1, 4-1-0 Mid-South) missing a couple of good scoring chances early and another midway through the second half, but the depth of the Tigers (9-0-1, 2-1-0) showed as the match wore on.
Mangada played a nice through ball down the right side to Pak Hai Chan in the 73rd minute just seconds after Chan subbed onto the field. The freshman's shot to the far post rolled just inside the bar for a 1-0 lead for the visitors.
The Phoenix equalized off a Josh Armstrong corner kick just over four minutes later. Brian McNamara headed to long corner back toward the middle and Tom Reilly got a head on it as well. The ball fell to the feet of Elliot Goodwin, who sneaked it just inside the post to even the match at one.
The Tigers continued to find seams in the Cumberland defense in the final 25 minutes, but being in the right place at the right time also helped Campbellsville. A corner kick was deflected by a CU defender and found the feet of Yamaguchi at the top of the box, with the freshman firing to the far post for his fifth goal of the year in the 79th minute.
Then with just under five minutes remaining and the Phoenix pressing for another equalizer, Yamaguchi played a ball down the middle to Mangada, who beat two Cumberland defenders and goalkeeper Bennet Strutz to the ball. His shot also went just inside the far post for his eight goal of the season.
In the first half Brian McNamara's header off a nice cross from Josh Armstrong went right into the hands of Campbellsville goalkeeper Gonzalo Sapena, who finished with five saves. Goodwin's header later in the period sailed just over the bar.
Cumberland controlled possession and the run of play for the first 30 minutes, though the Tigers found their footing and created a couple of good chances late in the period, but Strutz saved shots by Guilherme Fanck and Lucas Cury.
Campbellsville had possession to start the second half but neither team created many good opportunities until the flood gates opened in the final 20 minutes.
Cumberland ends the home schedule Tuesday, Oct. 18 against 19th-ranked Lindsey Wilson at 2 p.m.