BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Three different Union College women's soccer players scored goals, as the Bulldogs bested Cumberlands (Ky.), 3-1, on Saturday in NAIA action at Burch/Nau Field.
With the win, Union improved to 3-8 on the year, while Cumberlands fell to 1-12 with the loss.
In the first half, Cumberlands was the aggressor at the start, and finally cracked a scoreless tie in the 25th minute, as Amerah Dixon scored to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the Cumberlands goal, Aline Dalmedico checked into the match for the first time on the day. The substitution was the spark the Bulldogs needed on the offensive end, as almost immediately Union had their first scoring chances of the match.
In the 37th minute, Union finally cashed in, as Jessica Perkins scored off a great through ball by Dalmedico to tie the match up at 1-1. Two minutes and 55 seconds later, Dalmedico was fouled in the box, setting up a penalty kick. The junior converted the chance, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead going into the half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs kept Cumberlands off the scoreboard all half with a strong defensive effort, limiting the Patriots to just four shots in the final 45 minutes. Union finally put the match away in the 83rd minute, as Helen Weber scored an unassisted goal off a deflection to give the Bulldogs the two-goal victory.
Overall, Union held a 15-12 edge in shots, while Cumberlands had a 4-3 advantage on corner kicks.
By the Numbers
- Perkins' first half goal was her second of the season. Meanwhile, Dalmedico notched her third assist of the contest on the play.
- Dalmedico scored her 10th goal of the 2013 season on the successful penalty kick. In all, she has scored 10 of Union's 19 goals on the season.
- Weber's go-ahead goal late in the second half was her fourth of the season.
- Union has now beaten Cumberlands six straight times, with Cumberlands' last victory coming in the 2007 season.
Union returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. for an out-of-conference match against Carlow. Things get underway at 3 p.m.