PULASKI -- Rhianne Parsons scored on an assist from Kelsey Langille in the 72nd minute as 16th-ranked Cumberland held off a furious rally by No. 8 Martin Methodist for a 1-0 victory in the NAIA Championship Opening Round at East Campus Saturday.
With the win the Bulldogs (19-2-0) will face the winner of Cal State-San Marcos and Concordia [OR] University, which plays Saturday at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. in Orange Beach, Ala.
Cumberland ran its winning streak to 12 in a row with the win and defeated the RedHawks (15-4-0) for the first time in program history after 12 consecutive losses.
Parsons netted her 15th goal of the year after a cross from Langille, connecting into the upper 90 from six yards out for the only goal of the match.
The Bulldogs were outshot in the match, 11-4, but many of MMCs chances were not on frame, as Lindsey Kitson posted her 13th shutout of the year with just three saves, all in the second half, including one off the foot of Laura Graham in the final two minutes. Meaghan Storie had one save in goal for the RedHawks.
LONG THROWS FOR 5 TOUCHDOWNS
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian School advanced to the Class 2A semifinals next week with a 29-12 win Friday night over Marion County at Pirtle Field. The Commanders (11-1) trailed 6-0 early, then responded with four unanswered touchdowns to mount a 28-6 lead.
Quarterback A.J. Long was superb in the victory, completing 12-of-18 pass attempts for 233 yards and five touchdowns. He helped loosen up the Marion County defense with 100 yards rushing on 10 first half carries.
McCathern runs for 239-yards
BRENTWOOD -- Senior Contrez McCathern powered Mt. Juliet to a 31-20 victory over Brentwood in Friday's Class 6A quarterfinal -- a game that was never as close as the score might indicate. Coach Roger Perry's team led 31-7 with 3:50 to go in the game before the Bruins tacked on a couple of late scores.
Lining up at tailback for much of the ball game, McCathern rambled for a season-high 239 yards on 35 carries and scored once.