BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College women’s soccer team suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against visiting University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Saturday.
With the results, Union falls to 1-2 while the Cumberlands improved to 1-0.
Cumberlands jumped in front shortly before halftime when a ball played by Diana Unuode snuck past Union’s Brittany Puryear (Somerset, Ky.) into the back of the net.
After many attempts to get a shot with Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.), she was able to get an opportunity to score, but her shot was blocked. However, she put in the rebound to tie the match at 1-1 in the 79th minute.
Puryear received a yellow card in the 86th minute after she tripped the Cumberlands’ Lesley Bryan and the result was a penalty kick for Bryan. Puryear was unable to stop the shot to the right and Cumberlands regained the lead 2-1.
Union fought hard against the deep Cumberlands bench. Once again the Lady Bulldogs played with 11 players, meaning no available subs for Union. Coach Juliana Filipe’s group fended off 25 Cumberlands shots while Union was only able to attempt seven shots, six of which came from Hall.
In goal, Puryear stopped six shots while Stephanie Reid recorded three saves for the Cumberlands.
Union returns to action next Saturday to open the Appalachian Athletic Conference season with Tennessee Wesleyan College. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Barbourville.