LEBANON, Tenn. – The Cumberland women’s soccer team is ranked 16th nationally, its highest ranking in school history, in the final regular season NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Sunday.
The Bulldogs claimed their first-ever conference championship last Thursday with a 2-1 victory over third-ranked Lindsey Wilson in the finals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament in Columbia, Ky., earning an automatic berth into the NAIA Championships. Cumberland will play in the NAIA Championship Opening Round this Saturday, November 17, and will find out who and where they play Monday at 2 p.m. Central Time.
CU has won 11 consecutive matches overall since a 2-0 loss against Lindsey Wilson on September 25. The Bulldogs other loss this season came against then 11th-ranked Martin Methodist, 2-1, on Sept. 6.
Freshman Kelsey Langille, the national leader in points (81), goals (37), shots per game (7.750) and shots on goal per game (4.450), leads the Cumberland offense that leads the nation in total goals (90) and is No. 2 in goals per game (4.500) and No. 3 in total shutouts (12). Langille ranks second in the country in points per game (3.950), goals per game (1.800) and game-winning goals (8) while freshman Taylor Nay ranks No. 1 nationally in assists (18) and No. 2 in assists per game (0.900).
CU keeper Lindsay Kitson ranks ninth nationally in goals against per game (0.520) and has all 12 shutouts for the team in goal. The sophomore has allowed just 10 total goals in 19 matches, making 60 saves, including 13 in the championship game against LWC.