Cumberland’s Rhianne Parsons and Kristen Anstey were named the Mid-South Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday after helping the Bulldogs to a pair of wins in the club’s opening matches of the season.
Cumberland, ranked 13th nationally, posted a 4-2 victory at Tennessee Wesleyan to start the season and then defeated 22nd-ranked Brenau University, 1-0, at home on Sunday.
Parsons posted a goal and an assist against Tennessee Wesleyan, scoring unassisted in the 37th minute and adding an assist three minutes later for a 3-0 CU lead at the half. In Sunday's victory over Brenau, her shot from the top of the box in the 74th minute was the game-winner in a 1-0 triumph. The senior now has 32 career goals in 55 matches in her Cumberland career.
Anstey helped the Bulldogs win both matches during the week, including shutting down Brenau All-American Esther Anyanwu. The sophomore has moved into the central defense this season after playing on the outside in 2012. She limited the touches and kept Anyanwu (27 goals, 8 assists in 2012) in check in CU's 1-0 victory over Brenau, as Anyanwu did not have a shot in the contest.
Cumberland will face Savannah College of Art & Design-Savannah at home this Friday at 3 p.m. and will open Mid-South Conference play next Tuesday against Campbellsville, also at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
Mason voted MSC men's Player of the Week
Cumberland’s Harry Mason was voted the Mid-South Conference Offensive and Player of the Week on Monday after tying a career-high with five goals in CU’s victory at Brescia University.
The senior forward posted an assist on Sella Gannot's game-tying goal in the 74th in a 3-2 double overtime loss at Tennessee Wesleyan in the season-opener on Wednesday. Gannot’s score eventually sent the match to extra time.
Then on Saturday the Sutton Coldfield, England, netted five goals, three in the first half and two more in the first 12 minutes of the second half, in a 7-1 win at Brescia. He last scored five goals in a match on Sept. 28, 2011, against Kentucky Wesleyan. It also marked the eighth time he has netted three or more goals in a match in his Cumberland career (three in 2011, four in '12).
The Bulldogs will play Union University at 4 p.m. Thursday in the home opener and visit Union College this Saturday at 3 p.m. Central time.