Taylor Nay scored a pair of goals and assisted on another, as No. 8 Cumberland netted four goals in the second half in a 5-0 victory over Bluefield on Senior Day in women’s soccer action Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Cumberland (13-1-1, 9-0-0 Mid-South) secured its first-ever regular season conference championship with the victory, claiming the outright Mid-South Conference title. The Bulldogs will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament that begins November 9 at home sites and continues Nov. 14-15 in Columbia, Ky.
CU dominated the match, outshooting the Rams, 32-1, forcing 10 saves, including three cleared away by Bluefield (8-6-1, 2-5-1) defenders.
Junior Reneé LaRose got the Bulldogs on the board with just her fourth career goal and first of the season off a corner kick from junior Kaitlin Phillips in the 31st minute and CU took a 1-0 lead to intermission.
Cumberland scored twice in the opening 13 minutes of the second half to begin to pull away, with freshman Olivia Chu netting her sixth goal of the year in the 53rd minute on an assist from junior Shauna Gilpin. Nay’s first goal of the match in the 58th minute deflected off a Bluefield defender for a 3-0 CU edge.
Senior Rhianne Parsons posted her 11th score of the year on an assist from Nay in the 65th minute and Nay closed out the scoring with another unassisted goal, her 10th of the campaign, in the 72nd minute.
Bluefield keeper Kayla Richardson collected seven saves.
Parsons and defender Michelle Ward were honored between matches of Saturday’s doubleheader as part of Senior Day activities.
Ward has played all four seasons for the Bulldogs, earning All-Conference honors as a freshman before a knee injury cost her almost a full year of action. She scored her first career goal last weekend at Rio Grande and has been a stalwart on the Bulldog backline.
Parsons netted her 41st career goal on Saturday and has posted nine or more goals in three of her four Bulldog campaigns.
Cumberland will finish the regular season schedule Nov. 4 at Lee and will host a quarterfinal match in the conference tournament.
Hamilton named men’s MSC Player of the Week
Cumberland keeper Ian Hamilton was voted the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week after making seven saves and helping the Bulldogs to a 5-1 victory Saturday over Bluefield College.
The West Chester, Ohio, native collected three saves in the first half against the Rams, as Cumberland took a 2-0 lead to intermission with goals from Harry Mason and Luke Wilson. Hamilton faced 12 total shots in the match and Bluefield’s only goal of the match came on a penalty kick in the 76th minute.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-11-1 overall, 4-5-0 in the Mid-South Conference, with Saturday’s win on Senior Day. Seven players were honored before the match, including Mason, Wilson, Mark Harrison, Nathan Gillespie, Eric Clark, Marconi Neto and Francisco Alva.
Cumberland will finish the regular season Tuesday with a 3 p.m. home match against Georgia Gwinnett at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
Mason, Wilson lead Senior Day victory
Seniors Harry Mason and Luke Wilson both scored twice and assisted on a pair of goals, leading Cumberland to a 5-1 victory over Bluefield on Senior Day in men’s soccer action Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Mason scored just 86 seconds into the match and Wilson added another goal before the half, as the Bulldogs (5-11-1, 4-5-0 Mid-South) ended a three-match losing streak. Mason tallied a second goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half and Wilson added his second goal less than two minutes after the Rams (8-8-1, 3-5-0) pulled within two in the final 15 minutes of the match.
Mason scored from 10 yards out on an assist from freshman Alex Marr in the opening seconds. Wilson found the back of the net in the 34th minute on Mason’s assist, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 edge at the break.
The duo hooked up again in the 59th minute, with Mason registering his 16th goal of the season on a header. Bluefield’s Michael Callaghan converted a penalty kick in the 76th minute, but Cumberland responded quickly.
Wilson added his second goal of the match and fourth of the year just 113 seconds later, firing into an open net on another assist from Mason. Freshman Tom Reilly posted the final goal for the Bulldogs in the 84th minute on an assist from Wilson.
Mason, Wilson, Nathan Gillespie, Eric Clark, Mark Harrison, Marconi Neto and Francisco Alva were all honored before the match as part of Senior Day activities.
Cumberland will finish the regular season schedule Tuesday against Georgia Gwinnett at 3 p.m. and will travel for a quarterfinal match in the conference tournament Nov. 9.