LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland posted its third straight victory and eighth win in the last 10 outings over the weekend and moved up two spots to No. 22 in this week’s NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as announced Tuesday by the national office.
The Phoenix recorded a 5-0 win on Saturday against the University of Pikeville, improving to 11-2-1 overall this season, 4-1-1 in Mid-South Conference play. Cumberland plays its final regular season league match on Wednesday at Life University.
Senior Brian McNamara and sophomore Daniel Williams rank 1-2 in goals in the conference with 14 and 12, respectively, while ranking 1-3 in points (33 and 28). McNamara has five assists compared to four for Williams. Freshman Tyler Watson has added nine goals and three assists while freshman Bakary Bagayogo leads the club with nine assists while recording five goals.
Cumberland’s defense has allowed just 12 goals in 14 matches, with juniors Sondre Risa and Tosin Abudiore as well as freshmen Aidan Doherty, Jonathan Walderstrom and Austin Morenzoni protecting the backline for junior goalkeeper Bennet Strutz, who has a 0.90 goals-against-average and 32 saves in almost 1,200 minutes of action. The Phoenix have nine total shutouts this season, outscoring opponents, 54-12, overall.
Cumberland ends the regular season at home this Saturday against ninth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett at 1 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field. Five seniors – McNamara, Dylan Schwartz, Alex West, Justin Beaty and Anthony Spencer – will be honored at the match.