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CU women's soccer finishes record year ranked 14th
Dec 08, 2012 12:00 am
Cumberland finished the season ranked 14th nationally in the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Wednesday.
The Bulldogs, under third-year head coach Gavin McKinney, set school single-season records for victories, ending the year 19-3-0 overall, and conference wins after posting an 8-1-0 mark in the Mid-South Conference. CU placed second in the regular season before winning its first-ever conference championship with a 2-1 triumph over eventual national champion Lindsey Wilson in the conference tournament title match.
Cumberland scored 91 total goals as a team, which was the top mark in the NAIA, and averaged 4.14 goals per match, which ranked second in the country. The club also handed out 65 assists, fourth most in the nation, and ranked fourth nationally with 13 shutouts.
Freshman Kelsey Langille led the nation in points (82), goals (37), shots per game (7.18) and shots on goal per game (4.18) and ranked second in the country in game-winning goals (8). The Ardrossan, Alberta, native registered 12 matches with multiple goals, including six outings with at least three goals, four games with at least four goals and one contest with five goals. Langille also added eight assists for the Bulldogs.
Freshman Taylor Nay tied for the national lead with 18 assists while ranking third in assists per game (0.82). Sophomore keeper Lindsay Kitson tied for fifth nationally in goals-against-average (0.52), racking up 18 victories in net and making 78 saves. The Edmonton, Alberta, native recorded 13 saves against Lindsey Wilson in the conference tournament championship match and added 15 saves in CU’s 1-0 loss versus Concordia [OR] University in the second round of the NAIA Championships.
Kitson and Langille were named Second and Third Team All-Americans, the first-ever All-Americans in program history, and McKinney was named Mid-South Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Langille, Kitson, Nay, Shauna Gilpin, Reneé LaRose and Mackenzie Keele were all voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Rhianne Parsons and Simone Quinn both earned Second Team accolades, and Langille was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week three times and garnered NAIA National Player of the Week accolades twice.
Six student-athletes – Beth Morgan, Kaitlin Phillips, Michelle Ward, Stephanie Twardowski and Quinn – were all named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, and Quinn and Ward also earned NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors.