Cumberland’s Taylor Nay was named the Women’s Soccer Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association on Tuesday, helping the Bulldogs to a pair of victories while scoring three goals and handing out six assists.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native had an incredible day at the University of the Cumberlands, posting two goals with five assists. The sophomore scored the first goal of the match on a penalty kick just before halftime and then assisted on five of CU's second-half scores, giving out helpers to Shauna Gilpin, Olivia Chu, Savannah Keele, Rhianne Parsons and Kaitlin Phillips. Nay also netted one of the second-half goals in the 52nd minute.
Against Pikeville, she assisted on the first goal of the match, to Gilpin in the 13th minute, and scored on an assist from Phillips in the 52nd minute. For the season Nay ranks eighth nationally with 10 assists and 28th in total points with 26. She ranks second in the Mid-South Conference in assists and third in points and is tied for the team-lead with eight goals.
Cumberland, ranked 13th nationally, will play at ninth-ranked Martin Methodist on Friday in the club’s only match this week. The Bulldogs have won seven straight outings overall and stand 9-1-0, 4-0-0 in Mid-South Conference play.
Late goal not enough for men
Junior Josh McCausland picked up a rebound and fired a laser from a bad angle at 20 yards for his first goal of the season, but Renan Serafim scored a goal and assisted on another in the second half and No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson posted a 3-1 victory over Cumberland in men’s soccer Tuesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Blue Raiders (9-1-2, 5-0-1 Mid-South) got on the board early with a goal from Xavier Baumgart in the fourth minute. He headed in a corner kick, with the ball deflecting off the head of a Cumberland defender and over the outstretched arms of Bulldog keeper Ian Hamilton at the far post.
Lindsey Wilson threatened a couple of more times in the half, but Hamilton made a nice save on a long shot from Yazeed Davids midway through the period. CU’s best chance of the match came late in the first half, with a great long ball played forward from Luke Wilson to Elliot Goodwin, but his shot from 15 yards down the right side was punched over the net by LWC keeper Christoffer Gatara.
The second half was a different story, with the Blue Raiders controlling play on their end of the field for almost the entire 45 minutes. Serafim took a nice through ball from Bastien Montagnon in the 57th minute and buried it low and left past Hamilton.
Shortly thereafter Hamilton fumbled a cross and left the net wide open for Baumgart, but Mark Harrison made a nice kick save to keep the score, 2-0.
LWC added another score in the 70th minute, with Albert Edward racing down the right side for a pass from Serafim and chipping over and off the hands of Hamilton.
Cumberland’s goal in the final minutes came off a deflection near the goal, with Tom Reilly moving forward but the ball kicked away. McCausland was in the right spot at the right time and fired a laser into the back of the net from the right side before Gatara could even more into position.
Cumberland will not play for the next 10 days but will off on a tough road trip next weekend, facing Georgetown College on Friday and then No. 2-ranked Rio Grande on Sunday.