UNA gets defensive in soccer shut-out
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Just two days after watching a 4-1 lead slip away in the final minutes of a disappointing season-opening loss, the University of North Alabama women’s soccer team got defensive Sunday in recording a 2-0 win over South Region foe Nova Southeastern.
“It was an excellent overall team effort,” said UNA Head Coach Graham Winkworth. “Our team as a whole did an excellent job of implementing the defensive game plan from the very start and they deserve the win.
UNA led Barry 4-1 Friday but eventually lost 5-4 in double overtime. Winkworth said the Lions weren’t going to let that happen again. “On Friday we couldn’t defend a two goal lead over the final five minutes, but today we defended a two goal lead the entire game,” he said. “The girls showed a lot of character and it was an amazing effort.”
UNA sophomore Chloe Roberts scored both of the Lions goals, giving her four already in two matches this season. Roberts was able to score off the opening kick, driving past Nova defenders to put UNA on top 1-0 just 11 seconds into the match. Roberts scoerd again at the 19:10 mark to make it 2-0.
Roberts now has 36 career goals in just 26 career matches at UNA.
UNA goalkeelper Alex McLay went the full 90 minutes in goal, recording five saves. McLay added to her school record with her 11th career shutout.
UNA will face Lynn and Eckerd, two more Sunshine State Conference opponents, next weekend in a tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla.