2019 has been a tease for the Cumberland Women's Soccer team. With two losses by a combined 3 goals, that is the difference between being in the playoff hunt and not. A strong freshman core of Kendra Stipes, Rebecca Cox, and Alexandria Pattituci paired with the sophomore leadership of Mikayla Mathias, Cumberland began the year with much promise. As their playoff hopes begin to slim, head coach Rob Polk looks to finish the year on a positive note similar to a year ago where his side finished on a 3-game winning streak.
The season has not been without highlight for Cumberland. Kendra Stipes is among the national leaders in goals scored with 11, which also puts her 3rd among all Region 19 goal scorers. In a match against Raritan Valley, Stipes poured in 5 goals and 2 assists in a 7-6 victory over the Lions. Mathias and Pattituci have provided stability on the back line and in midfield for Cumberland facilitating the offense while making game saving plays on the back end. Rebecca Cox has drawn the attention of every opponent in 2019 with her hard, physical style and willingness to sacrifice on the defensive end.
Cumberland next plays Thursday, October 10 when they host Camden County College. Kickoff scheduled for 3:30 PM.