COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Cumberland University’s Rhianne Parsons and Lindsay Kitson are the Mid-South Conference Women’s Soccer Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
The conference weekly honor is Parsons’ second this season and of her career. She also earned the honor on Sept. 2. Kitson earns her first career weekly conference honor.
Parsons scored a goal in each of the three Cumberland wins last week to earn Mid-South Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.
The Tavostock, England, senior forward scored the lone goal in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson College. She followed with a goal and an assist in both conference wins over Georgetown College and University of Rio Grande.
With the wins, Parsons has helped the Bulldogs to at least a share of the Mid-South Conference regular season title.
Parsons is fifth in the conference in points (26), assists (5) and game-winning goals (3). She is tied for sixth in the Mid-South with 10 goals this season.
Kitson recorded a pair of shutouts last week to earn Mid-South Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
The Edmonton, Alberta, junior goalkeeper stopped 10 shots while allowing just one goal in the three conference wins. Kitson made four saves and deflected away numerous crosses inside the six-yard box against Lindsey Wilson.
She allowed a goal while recording four saves in the 4-1 win over Georgetown and posted her eighth shutout of the season with two saves in a 4-0 win over Rio Grande.
Kitson leads the Mid-South Conference and is 21st in the NAIA with a 0.77 goals against average. Her eight shutouts also lead the conference.
No. 11-ranked Cumberland improved to 12-1-1 and leads the Mid-South with an 8-0 record.
Gilpin, Parsons net three goals in another CU win
From staff reports
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — For the second straight game Shauna Gilpin netted two goals and Rhianne Parsons posted a goal and an assist, as 11th-ranked Cumberland upped its unbeaten streak to 11 matches in a 4-0 victory over Rio Grande in women’s soccer action Sunday.
Gilpin added to her team-leading goal total with Nos. 11 and 12 on the year, including a score in the fourth minute on an assist from Parsons for an early lead. Parsons registered her 10th goal of the season in the 32nd minute and the Bulldogs led 2-0 at intermission.
Senior Michelle Ward scored the first goal of her four-year Cumberland career in the 70th minute and Gilpin recorded her final score in the 85th minute. CU outshot the Red Storm, 26-3, in the match, taking 13 shots in each period, and would have won by a larger margin if not 13 saves by Rio Grande’s Allison Keeney.
Cumberland’s Lindsay Kitson made two saves in net, registering her eighth shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs will play their final home match of the season this Saturday at 1 p.m. against Bluefield. Seniors Rhianne Parsons, Taylor Schrank and Ward will be honored at the conclusion of the match and before the men’s team takes on the Rams. With a victory versus Bluefield, Cumberland can secure its first-ever regular season conference championship.
Men's soccer shut out at No. 3 Rio Grande
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Pau Delgado Rodriguez scored a pair of goals and added an assist and third-ranked Rio Grande netted six goals in 25 minutes in a 6-0 victory over Cumberland in men’s soccer action Sunday.
The Bulldogs (4-11-1, 3-5-0 Mid-South) were shutout for just the second time all season and the first time since September 10 at Martin Methodist. The Red Storm (11-1-2, 6-0-2) ran its unbeaten streak to 10 matches, outscoring opponents 45-4 during the stretch.
Cumberland kept the match scoreless until late in the half when Ryota Tonegawa put the home team ahead on an assist from Patricio Arce and that’s the way the teams went to intermission. But Rio Grande blitzed the Bulldogs in the first 20 minutes of the second half, pulling away with five goals.
Delgado Rodriguez netted his 10th goal of the season just four minutes after the break on assists from Romain Terzian and Maximiliano Viera and Arce scored three minutes later on an assist from Craig Davies.
William Paulino registered a goal in the 59th minute on an assist from Delgado Rodriguez before Terzian got into the scoring column unassisted in the 62nd minute. Delgado Rodriguez finished off the spree in the 64th minute, also unassisted.
The Red Storm outshot the Bulldogs, 28-7, in the match. Ian Hamilton collected nine saves in net for Cumberland, while Jon Dodson played the first 76 minutes for Rio Grande and posted three saves.
Cumberland will finish the home schedule with two straight outings at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field, taking on Bluefield this Saturday at 3 p.m. before playing host to Georgia Gwinnett on Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.