Phoenix hosts Shawnee St. Sept. 24
Cumberland moved up nine spots to No. 16 in the first regular season edition of the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll, released this week by the national office.
The Phoenix head into Saturday's 12 Noon home match against Shawnee State with a 5-1-1 overall record, posting a victory over then 16th-ranked Siena Heights University and playing to a 1-1 draw with then No. 8 Martin Methodist. The club is unbeaten in its last four outings and CU's only loss of the year came against then fifth-ranked University of Mobile, 2-0.
Head coach Adam Grant has mixed-and-matched his lineup because of a plethora of injuries during the first month of the campaign, including ailments to four starters - Taylor Nay, Olivia Chu, Maddie Barbier and Connie Awuku-Darkoh. Emily Shires and Savannah Moreland led the Phoenix with four goals apiece, while goalkeeper Ashley Kambeitz has allowed just four goals all season.
Cumberland still has a pair of matches this season against ranked opponents, hosting No. 22 Campbellsville University on October 12 and sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson on Oct. 25.
CU men blank Life 11-0
LEBANON -- Brian McNamara netted a hat trick while Daniel Williams, Cody Johnson and Josh Armstrong all scored twice for Cumberland in an 11-0 against Life University Wednesday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
Williams scored twice in a 55-second stretch early in the opening half to give the Phoenix (5-2-1, 2-0-0 Mid-South) a quick advantage.
McNamara posted his first goal in the final minute of the opening half and added two more scores in the first seven minutes of the second.
Cumberland outshot the Running Eagles, 28-8, in the match, with just two shots on goal.
CU hosts Shawnee State Saturday at 2 p.m.