LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University is ranked 25th nationally in the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday, the program’s first ranking since the end of the 2005 season.
The Bulldogs have won 12 of their last 13 matches this season and stand 15-2-0 overall after a 1-0 overtime victory at NCAA Division II Union University on Monday. CU’s only two defeats this season have come against third-ranked Lindsey Wilson (2-0) and No. 11 Martin Methodist (2-1).
Cumberland finished 8-1-0 in Mid-South Conference action and is the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament that begins Saturday with the Bulldogs hosting Shawnee State at 11 a.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Freshman Kelsey Langille currently leads the nation in eight different categories, including total points (74), goals (34), game-winning goals (8), goals per game (2.130), game-winning goals per game (0.500), points per game (4.630), shots per game (8.130) and shots on goal per game (4.810). Another freshman, Taylor Nay, ranks fifth in the country in assists (13) and fourth in assists per game (0.810), while sophomore Lindsay Kitson is 12th in goals-against-average (0.60).
As a team Cumberland ranks second nationally in total goals (76) and goals per game (4.750).
The only other national rankings for the Cumberland program since 1999 came at the end of the 2005 season, with CU rated 25th on October 26 and No. 23 on November 2, the final poll of that year.