Jackson, Tenn. - 9/17/2003 - Union University defeated Lambuth 3-0 in the Fifth Annual Jackson Soccer Cup held at Lambuth University, and in doing so, recorded their third straight shutout and six win in a row. The Bulldogs lead the Jackson Cup series 3-2 and have won two straight over the Eagles. Union improves to 7-1-1 overall while Lambuth falls to 4-4 on the season. The Bulldogs came into this cross-town rival match as the No. 3 ranked team in the NAIA Region XI polls and No. 30 in the NAIA National polls. This marks the highest national rating for Union soccer since 1999. Lambuth is ranked No. 4 in the NAIA Region XI polls.
Robert Stinson, the sophomore goalie from Dickson, Tenn., was the story for Union on this day. He played all 90 minutes and recorded nine saves in the game for his third shutout of the season. Stinson earned the Jackson Cup MVP award for his efforts. With Stinson’s tight goal keeping, Union’s first goal of the game by Redzi Stojiljkovic proved to be the game winner. That goal stood at the only score in the first half as Union led 1-0 at the break. Early in the second half, Union struck again on a breakaway goal by Fabio Buarque. In the 70th minute of the game, Alexandre Pereira scored on a penalty kick to improve his season mark to 4-of-4 on penalty kicks. Pereira and Kyle McDiarmid each tallied one assist on the day. Union’s three goals came on just five shots as the Eagles out-shot Union 12-5 including 9-3 in the second half.
Union head coach Dr. Darin White said of this game, “We grew as a team today”. White goes on to say, “We played smart and showed great poise in a very emotional game.”
The Bulldogs put their six-game winning streak on the line again this Saturday as Union will host the NAIA’s 10th ranked team, Berry College, in their first TranSouth Conference match of the season. Game time is 3:00 p.m. at Union’s soccer field.
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