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Gilpin takes MSC top soccer honor

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CU's Shauna Gilpin / Steve Wampler photo

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Cumberland's Shauna Gilpin was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, Emily Shires earned Freshman of the Year honors and Lindsay Kitson, Olivia Chu, Taylor Nay, Kaitlin Phillips, Mackenzie Keele, Reneé LaRose, Gilpin and Shires all garnered First Team All-MSC accolades, as announced Thursday morning by the league office.

Gilpin ranks second in the Mid-South Conference in goals (17) and points (41), netting 11 of her 17 goals against Mid-South competition this season. The St. John's, Newfoundland, native scored multiple goals against league foes on four occasions. The senior posted four game-winning goals this season as well, including in victories against Brenau University and the University of Mobile.

Shires scored eight goals and handed out eight assists for the Bulldogs, with half of her goals in Mid-South play. The Nanaimo, British Columbia, native also posted scores versus William Carey and Davenport University, both ranked opponents. She is tied for fourth in the league in assists this season.

Phillips leads the conference in assists with 16 and scored a career-best 10 goals for 36 points, third most in the league. The Edmonton, Alberta, native netted eight goals and collected 12 assists against Mid-South teams.

Nay ranked second on the club with 12 goals and 10 assists, her second straight season with double figures in both categories and third consecutive campaign with double-digit assists. The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native scored twice in a win over then seventh-ranked Davenport and had an assist in a victory over then No. 13 Martin Methodist.

Chu scored less this season but handed out more assists, netting six goals with seven assists. The sophomore had goals against Mobile and Lindsey Wilson and teamed with Gilpin and Shires to form one of the most dynamic scoring tandems in the nation.

Kitson posted a 0.71 goals-against-average, second best in the conference, with 11 shutouts. The Bulldogs backline, which includes First Team All-MSC selections Keele and LaRose and Second Team picks Beth Morgan and Kaitlin Kisilowski (holding midfielder), allowed more than one goal just twice during the season and gave up just 126 shots in 17 matches, 7.41 per outing.

Morgan added one goal and two assists and LaRose had one goal this season as well.

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