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SOCCER -- CU women fall 4-3

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CU's Olivia Chu / Steve Wampler photo

Chu has two goals in loss
LEBANON -- Olivia Chu scored twice and nearly had a third in the final minute, but 14th-ranked Olivet Nazarene held on for 4-3 victory over No. 4 Cumberland in women's soccer action Sunday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The CU women (1-1-0) scored twice in a five-minute span early in the second half, the first by Chu on an assist from Connie Awuku-Darkoh, and the second from Emily Shires, who took a long ball by Kaitlin Kisiloski, beat her defender twice and calmly slotted a shot just inside the left post, giving CU a 2-1 advantage in the 60th minute.

But the Tigers (1-0-0) got two goals in less than a minute and then another in the 77th minute to take a commanding lead.

Tess Marcordes half-volleyed a corner kick by Ellen West, chipping it just over the outstretched arms of CU keeper Ashley Kambeitz in the 64th minute.

Forty-nine seconds later Liz Wahl scored unassisted, beating the goalie low and right for a 3-2 ONU edge.
Jessica Schmidt's score in the 77th minute on a nice slide-thru pass from Brianna Zehr made it 4-2 for the visitors.

Chu, who continually beat her defender down the right side throughout the match, pulled the Bulldogs within a goal in the 86th minute, weaving around two players before firing a shot past Sarah Vrosh. She nearly tied the match with just over a minute to play after a long ball from Kiley Sanson, but the ball sailed just left of the post for Cumberland's last chance.

Vrosh finished with five saves and faced 15 total shots while Kambeitz tallied three saves against 13 shots for the Tigers.

Cumberland hits the road for its next three outings, facing fifth-ranked Martin Methodist in Pulaski Friday, Sept. 4 and taking on No. 10 Mobile and ninth-ranked William Carey Sept. 11 and 12 in Orange Beach, Ala.

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