BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Cumberland (Tenn.) University overcame some adversity to pull out a 3-3 tie, but host Union College captured the Golden Corral Bulldog Classic championship by winning the shootout 3-2 Saturday.
Union is now 2-1-2 overall, while Cumberland is 2-0-1 on the year.
Cumberland played the majority of the game short-handed after its starting goalkeeper Michael Michalidis received a red card for obstruction outside the 18-yard box.
Union built and early 2-0 lead off goals by Mbizo Mzamane (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Chris Riley (Cornwall, England). However, Cumberland picked up goals from Yue Wang and J.J. Henderson to knot the score at 2-2 at the half.
In the 54th minute, Riley netted his second tally of the game to put Union up 3-2.
It appeared the one-goal lead was going to stand, but Kempess Villafana found the back of the net in the 87th minute to make it 3-3.
At the end of regulation, the game was declared a tie. But since the game was for a championship, the game went to penalty kicks. Both teams made their first two attempts before the two goalkeepers made saves on the third tries.
Union goalkeeper Jonathan Shaw (Merseyside, England) made a diving save to his right on Tyler Clem's attempt. Then, Aaron Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) put Union up 3-2 with his shot landing in the upper right corner of the net.
Henderson was Cumberland's last hope, but his shot went wide right of the goal as Union took the Classic championship.
Shaw was named the MVP after his two saves on the penalty kicks and six during the game.
Union will play host to Warren Wilson (N.C.) College Tuesday at 4 p.m.