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Men ranked 24th in NAIA coaches' poll

Staff Reports • Sep 27, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Cumberland men’s soccer made its way into the NAIA coaches’ top 25 poll for the first time this season, debuting at No. 24, as released late Tuesday by the national office.

The Phoenix ran their record to 8-1-0 this season with a 3-0 victory over the University of the Cumberlands on Tuesday, the club’s fifth consecutive shutout. CU has outscored its opponents, 16-0, over the last five matches and 32-5 this season.

Cumberland defeated then 24th-ranked Martin Methodist last week, 2-0, playing without leading goal scorer Daniel Williams and junior Sondre Risa, a freshman All-American defender. First-year head coach Adam Grant has mixed-and-matched his lineup over the last two weeks because of injuries to Williams, Risa, Patrick Hay and Jonathan Walderstrom, playing as many as seven freshmen at times, three of those on the back line.

Senior Brian McNamara has scored two goals in each of the last two matches, giving him seven for the year, while Williams leads the Phoenix with nine goals in seven outings. Freshmen Tyler Watson, Bakary Bagayogo and Patrick Crowley have combined for 13 goals and 11 assists for CU.

Cumberland has its toughest week of the season next week, heading to 13th-ranked Campbellsville University on Oct. 3 and 11th-ranked Lindsey Wilson on Oct. 6.

Hendersonville's Stevens signs with Phoenix

Cumberland women’s soccer coach Brian Davies announced the signing of Hendersonville native Haley Stevens to scholarship papers this week for the 2018-19 academic year. Stevens is the second Phoenix signee for next season.

She is a four-year letterwinner for coach Russ Plummer at Hendersonville High School, earning All-County and All-District honors as a freshman and All-County, All-District and All-District Tournament accolades as a sophomore and junior for the Commandos. HHS reached the state tournament during Stevens’ sophomore campaign and was beaten in the sectionals as a freshman and junior, one match shy of the state tourney.

She is the daughter of Brad and Tiffany Stevens and joins Kenzi Vetter in this year’s recruiting class.

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