Cumberland moved up two spots to No. 6 in this week’s NAIA women’s soccer coaches’ top 25 poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
The Bulldogs continue to set records for highest ranking in school history with each move up the poll.
Cumberland is unbeaten since Sept. 6, posting 11 victories with one draw during that stretch. CU has outscored its opponents, 43-4, over the 12-match stretch as well, which includes a 1-0 victory over then No. 1 and currently fifth-ranked Lindsey Wilson as well as a scoreless draw at then ninth-ranked Martin Methodist.
The Bulldogs clinched their first-ever regular season conference championship with Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Bluefield, claiming the No. 1 seed in the Mid-South Conference Championships. The club will host a quarterfinal match in the conference tournament Nov. 9.
Junior Shauna Gilpin leads the squad with 12 goals, while senior Rhianne Parsons is second with 11 and sophomore Taylor Nay has 10. Nay is the team-leader with 11 assists and has a team-best 31 points, while Parsons and Gilpin rank third and fourth in assists with six and five, respectively. Junior Kaitlin Phillips is second on the club with eight assists.
Junior keeper Lindsay Kitson has recorded nine shutouts and a 0.72 goals-against-average this season while playing all 1370 minutes in goal. She has 43 saves and a 13-1-1 overall record for the Bulldogs.
Cumberland ranks No. 3 in the nation in shutouts as well as 22nd in assists per game (2.400) and 24th in total assists (36) and total goals (51). Nay ranks 13th in the country in assists per game (0.730) and 14th in total assists, while Kitson is 15th in goals-against-average.