The Phoenix (5-3-1) spent much of the match in their own defensive half of the field, but kept Mobile from scoring in the first 25 minutes when the visitors really pushed forward and penetrated the CU defense.
The Rams (6-2-0) nearly scored in the second minute, with Nikole Cruz’s shot from near the by-line bouncing off two defenders and the hands of CU goalkeeper Ashley Kambeitz, but Mariah Aplin booted the ball away from the goal line. That was about the best chance Mobile could muster in the first half despite keeping possession for much of the period, especially the first 25 minutes.
Cumberland gained momentum as the half progressed and a nifty 1-2 feed from Marissa Avnaim to Jennifer Segura and then Moreland resulted in the first half. Moreland’s lofted just went just under the crossbar, over the head of Mobile’s Antonia Bauer for a 1-0 CU edge in the 33rd minute.
Mobile continued to control the run of play and spent much of the second time in its offensive zone again, but Cumberland continuously cleared away crosses and thru-balls by the Rams. Mobile had several point-blank one-timers and headers off corner kicks as well in the second period, but all of them went right to Kambeitz, who made nine saves in the victory.
Shires added insurance for the Phoenix with just over 20 minutes remaining on one of the best goals of her four-year CU career. She tracked a long ball down the left sideline to near the by-line, crossed back toward the middle and fired a long shot to the far post for her fifth goal of the year.
From there Cumberland continued to defend well, something it did for the last 70 minutes of the match for the club’s fourth shutout of the year and second straight.
The Phoenix will hit the road for their next two matches and six of the final eight of the year, taking on Campbellsville University on Oct. 3.