November 22, 20141st2ndFinal
Univ. of Rio Grande000
Cumberland Univ.145
CU34:43Shires, Emily (Kisiloski, Kaitlen )
CU55:15Phillips, Kaitlin (Shires, Emily )
CU67:15Nay, Taylor
CU78:33Shires, Emily (Keele, Mackenzie )
RIOKeeney, Allison90:0055
CUKitson, Lindsay90:0000
Stats at a GlanceRIOCU
Shots (on Goal)2 (0) 18 (10)
Corner Kicks22
Bulldogs advance to Orange Beach again with 5-0 win
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Bulldogs advance to Orange Beach again with 5-0 win
Freshman Emily Shires boots home the first goal in CU's 5-0 win Saturday over Rio Grande. Shires scored twice and assisted on another goal in the win. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Emily Shires scored twice and assisted on another goal, as 11th-ranked Cumberland broke open a close match with three goals in a 20-minute stretch of the second half en route to a 5-0 victory over the University of Rio Grande in the NAIA Championship Women’s Soccer Opening Round here Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The Bulldogs (16-3-1) advance to the NAIA Championships final site in Orange Beach, Ala., for the third consecutive year and will take on the winner of Concordia [CA] University and Bellevue University, a match set for later Saturday, on December 2 at 4 p.m. Central Time.

The Bulldogs controlled possession for almost the entire first half but created few scoring chances, taking just seven shots but only two on frame.

CU finally broke through in the 35th minute, with Kaitlin Kisiloski crossing from wide right to the back post. Shires half-volleyed the cross right into the hands of URG keeper Allison Keeney, but the rebound bounced straight out and Shires beat a defender to the ball, booting it into basically an empty net for her ninth goal of the season and a 1-0 Cumberland advantage.

The second half started with much more open play by both teams and Cumberland took advantage, with Kaitlin Phillips putting home a rebound after Shires’ shot hit the post in the 56th minute. Phillips’ strike actually hit the cross bar and bounced down but over the goal line for her 11th goal of the season.

Beautiful short passing from Phillips to Shauna Gilpin and then Olivia Chu led to a penalty kick in the 68th minute for the Bulldogs, with Taylor Nay converting the PK, her 14th goal of the year. Shires scored again in the 79th minute, taking a long pass down the left side from Mackenzie Keele and blasting it off the hands of Keeney into the net to put the match away.

Chu made a nice run down the left side in the final minute and her hard cross turned into an own goal, with Rio’s Carrie Mathes booting the shot into her own net for the final goal.