BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's soccer team used five different goal scorers for a 5-1 victory over Johnson Bible (Tenn.) College to open the Golden Corral Bulldog Classic on Friday in front of a home crowd at Burch/Nau Field.
Union improved to 2-1-1 and will play Cumberland (Tenn.) University in Saturday's championship match. Cumberland advanced after defeating Emmanuel (Ga.) College 2-1 Friday evening. Johnson Bible went to 1-3 and faces Emmanuel in the third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
A Liam Johnson (Cornwall, England) goal in the 21st minute gave Union a lead and it was the first of three Bulldog goals in the half. The assist was credited to Danny Bartlett (Edgewood, Ky.)
Mbizo Mzamane (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored 15 minutes later unassisted to push the Union lead to 2-0. Kevin Niehaus (Erlanger, Ky.) took a pass from Tyler Baker (Burlington, Ky.) and put it away with a minute before the halftime break.
"Our subs, such as Baker and Niehaus, in the first half played well when called upon," said Tyler Brock, Union head coach. He also commented on the numerous chances created with the midfield and forwards even though it took a while for the Union offense to get started.
Niehaus and Baker were involved with the fourth goal as they switched with Baker recording the goal off a missed Niehuas shot in the 60th minute.
Johnson Bible's Caleb Lewis booted home a penalty kick with 15 minutes left for the Preachers' lone goal.
Marc Pierre (Haiti) returned from the bench and gave Union another unassisted goal with only three minutes left on the clock.
Jonathan Shaw (Merseyside, England) played the first half in goal for Union without allowing a goal.
The Bulldogs totaled 23 shots, 16 on goal, and held Johnson Bible to only two shots.
In women's action Emmanuel defeated Cumberland 1-0. Union's women's team will play Emmanuel at 11 a.m. and then Cumberland at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.