Six CU women's soccer players earn All-America honors

Cumberland freshman Olivia Chu was voted second team All-American and junior Lindsay Kitson earned third team honors
Dec 14, 2013
Olivia Chu



Cumberland freshman Olivia Chu was voted second team All-American and junior Lindsay Kitson earned third team honors, as selected by the NAIA All-America committee and announced by the national office this week.
In addition, seniors Rhianne Parsons and Michelle Ward, junior Shauna Gilpin and sophomore Taylor Nay all earned honorable mention accolades.
The NAIA All-America committee, which consists of the NAIA-Women’s Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women’s soccer coaches, selects the three 11-member teams.
Chu netted Cumberland’s two goals at the national tournament final site in a 3-2 double overtime loss to Davenport. The Edmonton, Alberta, native netted eight goals during the season, including five against Mid-South Conference competition.
Kitson garnered her second straight All-America honor after earning Second Team honors as a sophomore. The Edmonton, Alberta, native posted a 0.94 goals-against-average and a 16-4-1 mark in goal for the Bulldogs, registering 11 shutouts. She finished the season ranked 28th nationally in goals-against-average.
Nay led the squad with 14 assists and 40 points and added 13 goals, ranking seventh in the nation in total assists and 17th in assists per game (0.670). The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native also ranked 42nd in the country in total points.
Gilpin topped the goals category for the Bulldogs in 2013 with 14 and finished with 33 total points. The St. John’s, Newfoundland, native posted five game-winning goals, ranking 22nd nationally in that category.
Parsons was third on the club this season with 11 goals and ranked second with eight assists, ending the year with 30 points. The Tavistock, England, native posted 41 goals and 19 assists in 74 career matches at CU, including 26 goals over the last two campaigns.
Ward was part of a backline that allowed just 20 goals in 21 matches, ranking fifth nationally in shutouts. The Bulldog defense posted 11 shutouts and gave up just four goals during a 12-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 10-Nov. 4.


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