Phoenix Women's Soccer selected Fourth in MSC Preseason Coaches Poll
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Phoenix Women's Soccer selected Fourth in MSC Preseason Coaches Poll

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Mid-South Conference officials unveiled this morning that conference coaches have selected Cumberland women's soccer to finish fourth out of twelve teams for the 2021 season.

The 2019 squad ranked fourth last year in the Mid-South, finishing the season 13-8-1 (4-4 MSC) making an appearance in the NAIA National tournament. 

Cumberland returns multiple key pieces from last year's team, including NAIA All-American and two-time MSC Defensive Player of the Year, Sarah Haddock, and Maria Bathe who collected NAIA All-American honors after her incredible first season. They also return several experienced players in Arden Butler, Kenzi Vetter, Jennifer Segura, Johanna Rappe, Haley Stevens, and Michele Scholz. 

First-year head coach Scott Davidson is excited about some of the newcomers coming in as well as freshmen defender Becca Campbell and freshmen forward Gabby Jones look to be key pieces in this year's team.

Martin Methodist one of the newest members of the Mid-South claimed the top spot, garnering 116 total points and seven of the twelve first-place votes. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) follows closely with 112 points and four first-place votes. The only other team to receive first-place votes was the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), placing third with 102 points and the remaining final first-place vote.

The Phoenix and another new member in Bethel (Tenn.) tied for fourth with 80 points, while Campbellsville (Ky.) placed sixth place with 79 points. Second-year member Thomas More comes in at seventh place with 64 points. Georgetown (Ky.) received 49 points to place then in the eighth. Shawnee State (Ohio) placed ninth with 37 points with Life (Ga.) follows behind with 35 points coming in at tenth.

In its first season in the Mid-South, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) joins in at eleventh with 25 points after going 9-7 last year. University of Pikeville (Ky.) round out the poll with 13 points, respectively.

The Cumberland women's soccer season opens at home on February 14th against Martin Methodist.

Coaches' were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The MSC regular-season conference schedule is set to kick-off in February with the 2020-21 MSC Men's Soccer Tournament Championship slated for April 1-10 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

2020-21 Mid-South Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pos.

Team

Points (First-Place Votes)

2019 Record (MSC)

1.

Martin Methodist

116 (7)

16-5-1 (N/A)*

 2.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

112 (4)

16-4-1 (8-0)

3.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

102 (1)

15-4-1 (7-1)

T-4.

Bethel (Tenn.)

80

12-6-1 (N/A)*

 

Cumberland (Tenn.)

80

13-8-1 (4-4)

6.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

79

13-6-2 (5-3)

7.

Thomas More (Ky.)

64

13-7 (5-3)

8.

Georgetown (Ky.)

49

7-11 (3-5)

9.

Shawnee State (Ohio)

37

6-12 (2-6)

10.

Life (Ga.)

35

2-15 (2-6)

11.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

25

9-7 (N/A)*

12.

Pikeville (Ky.)

13

6-11 (0-8)

*First Year of MSC play