Cumberland moved up two more spots to 13th in the latest edition of the NAIA women’s soccer coaches’ top 25 poll, the national office announced late Tuesday.
The Bulldogs won their six straight match Tuesday afternoon with an 8-0 victory at the University of the Cumberlands. CU began the year ranked 13th in the preseason coaches’ poll before dropping a 5-3 decision to Savannah College of Art & Design-Savannah on Sept. 6, the club’s only loss this season.
Since then Cumberland has outscored its opponents, 22-3, but will face its most challenging set of matches in the coming days with a road trip to ninth-ranked Martin Methodist on Oct. 11 and a home outing against No. 3 Lindsey Wilson on Oct. 16.
The Bulldogs split a pair of matches last season against both clubs, losing in the regular season to both before defeating Lindsey Wilson in the finals of the Mid-South Conference Championships and then winning at Martin Methodist in the NAIA Championship Opening Round.
CU will play host to Pikeville this Friday at 1 p.m. before the contests against Martin Methodist and Lindsey Wilson in the coming days.
Men's soccer gives back to local youth
Cumberland men’s soccer took the pitch Friday with the opportunity not to compete, but rather instruct and more importantly enjoy the game with some local young players.
The club met with the Wilson County Soccer Association at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field with a chance to give back to the community and bridge the gap between the collegiate and youth level.
Head coach Kyle Smith said the clinic was about providing young players advice, but also about simply having fun.
“This is a fun way to be connected to the soccer teams in the area,” he said. “We want our players and theirs to have a smile on their faces and enjoy the time with each other because our players are not that far removed from these kids.”
This was the first of four meetings the Bulldog soccer team will have with local soccer teams with one more scheduled for the fall and two to come during the spring.