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CU SOCCER -- Three earn academic honors

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Round of 16 play opens Tuesday --
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Cumberland's Beth Morgan, Kaitlin Phillips and Taylor Nay were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes over the weekend in advance of the 2014 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, presented by the Sports Medicine Center at the Orthopaedic Group, P.C.

Student-athletes must be a junior senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.

Cumberland, ranked 11th in the nation, plays in the Round of 16 Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. against 25th-ranked Concordia [CA] University.

Phillips leads the nation with 16 assists this season and has 11 goals as well for 38 points, which ranks 30th nationally. The senior from Edmonton, Alberta, posted two goals each versus Shawnee State and the University of Pikeville and handed out four assists against Shawnee State and three versus the University of the Cumberlands.

Nay also has 38 points, collecting 14 goals, second-best on the club, and 10 assists, including two goals against Tennessee Wesleyan, Davenport University and St. Catharine College. The junior from Sherwood Park, Alberta, registered three assists against the Cumberlands and ranks in the Top 50 nationally in assists, points and goals.

Morgan has been a mainstay on the Bulldog backline for each of the last three seasons, helping the Bulldogs to a 51-10-2 mark during that span. Cumberland has allowed just 49 goals in 63 matches in three years, 0.78 goals-per-game during the stretch. The senior from Manchester has four goals and four assists during her career, with one goal this season versus Georgetown College and assists against Shawnee State and St. Catharine.

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