LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland women’s soccer was picked to repeat as Mid-South Conference regular season champions in a vote of league coaches released Wednesday by the conference office.
The Phoenix won the 2017 MSC regular season title with a perfect 7-0-0 mark, the second Mid-South regular season championship in program history (2013). Second-year head coach Brian Davies must replace nine letterwinners from last year’s club but returns MSC Player of the Year Rebecca Holloway as well as First Team All-Conference selections Sarah Haddock, Ashley Kambeitz, Mariah Aplin and Savannah Moreland and Second Team honoree Luca Jöns.
“It’s nice to be recognized by other coaches in the league but we know every team will give us their best shot,” Davies said. “Our goals don’t change, to win the regular season and conference tournament and get back to the national tournament.”
Holloway posted 11 goals and led the Mid-South with 12 assists, ranking 16th nationally in total assists. Aplin added nine goals and Moreland collected eight, with both players netting six assists apiece. Haddock also scored seven goals from her central defender position, using her 5-foot-8 frame on set pieces.
Haddock and Jöns anchored the central defense in front of Kambeitz, with the trio helping the club register 10 shutouts and a 1.12 goals-against-average for the season. Kambeitz recorded 74 saves and was 14-5-1 in net, running her career record to 36-19-3 with a 1.24 goals-against-average.
Cumberland received four first-place votes and 46 total points, with Lindsey Wilson right behind two first-place votes and 42 votes. The University of the Cumberlands picked up the other two first-place votes and 36 points, followed by Georgetown College with 33 points and Campbellsville University with 26. Shawnee State (18), Life University (16) and the University of Pikeville (7) rounded out the poll.
2018 Mid-South Conference Women's Soccer
Preseason Coaches' Poll
|No.||School (First-Place Votes)||Points||2017 Record|
|1.||Cumberland University (4)||46||14-5-1, 7-0-0|
|2.||Lindsey Wilson (2)||42||10-6-3, 5-2-0|
|3.||University of the Cumberlands (2)||36||7-10-1, 3-3-1|
|4.||Georgetown College||33||11-6-2, 4-2-1|
|5.||Campbellsville University||26||7-11-1, 4-2-1|
|6.||Shawnee State||18||10-6-2, 2-4-1|
|7.||Life University||16||4-12-0, 1-6-0|
|8.||University of Pikeville||7||1-16-1, 0-7-0|