Cumberland finished the season ranked tied for eighth nationally in the NAIA women’s soccer coaches’ postseason top 25 poll, the national office recently announced.
The Bulldogs won the program’s first-ever regular season conference championship and hosted an NAIA Championship Opening Round contest, defeating Ottawa to advance to the NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., for the second straight year. CU lost a 3-2 decision to Davenport in double overtime in the Round of 16.
Fourth-year coach Gavin McKinney has compiled a 35-7-1 mark the last two seasons with one regular season and one conference tournament championship. CU is 54-22-2 during McKinney’s four campaigns.
Freshman Olivia Chu earned Second Team All-America honors and junior Lindsay Kitson garnered Third Team accolades while seniors Rhianne Parsons and Michelle Ward, junior Shauna Gilpin and sophomore Taylor Nay were all named Honorable Mention.
The Bulldogs ranked fifth nationally in shutouts and finished in the Top 30 in the country in assists (43, 23rd), goals (60, 23rd), goals per game (2.860, 26th) and assists per game (2.050, 29th).
Kitson posted a 0.94 goals-against-average and a 16-4-1 mark in goal for the club, 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). She 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. She posted five game-winning goals, ranking 22nd nationally in that category.