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Groves' hat trick paces CU soccer

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Soph Sammy Groves

LEBANON -- Sophomore Sammy Groves netted a hat trick and assisted on two other goals while Shauna Gilpin and Kaitlin Phillips each scored twice in 8th-ranked Cumberland's 10-0 victory over Shawnee State in women's soccer action Sunday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

The Bulldogs (7-0-1, 2-0-0 Mid-South) took a while to find a groove against a very high backline for the Bears, with CU called offsides six times in the opening period.

Gilpin got Cumberland on the board in the 25th minute, outworking a defender for a long pass just outside the top of the box. She won the ball and fired past SSU keeper Rachel Sexton for her seventh goal of the year.

Gilpin did nearly the same thing in the 32nd minute, getting a long pass from Phillips and again taking it from the same defender, slotting the shot low and right for a 2-0 edge. That opened the doors for the Bulldogs, who scored three more times in the final seven minutes of the period.

Phillips' one-timer near the penalty spot on a nice cross from Groves in the 39th minute made it 3-0 CU. Groves netted the final two of the half for Cumberland, taking a long pass down the leftside from Taylor Nay, with her shot off the hands of Sexton into the net. Just over a minute later Phillips fed a long pass to near the penalty spot and Groves beat the keeper low and left for a 5-0 advantage at intermission.

Groves, a native of Fisher, Ind., began the scoring in the second half with a nice pass between defenders to Nay, who also went low-and-left in the 49th minute. Groves was in the right place at the back post on a corner kick in the 66th minute, putting in her third goal of the match, and Meaghan Lyons did the same thing on another corner in the 67th minute, heading in the corner from Phillips.

Savannah Keele added a goal from a tough angle down the left side in the 71st minute on an assist from Beth Morgan. Phillips drew a foul in the box in the 73rd minute and converted the penalty kick for the final tally, her fifth goal in the last five matches.

Cumberland outshot the Bears, 44-3, in the match and played everyone on the roster except backup keeper Kayce Stovall, who has been injured most of preseason camp and through the first few weeks of the campaign.

The Bulldogs host 13th-ranked Martin Methodist Tuesday at 3 p.m. and also play at home again Saturday, Sept. 27 against St. Catharine College and Oct. 1 versus the University of the Cumberlands.

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