FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama soccer team was already on the rise when Chloe Roberts arrived on campus three years ago.
But even coach Graham Winkworth couldn’t envision how far the Lions would go once Roberts cracked the lineup as a freshman.
In just three seasons, Roberts has scored a school-record 76 goals and the Lions have made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances — the first three in school history. During that time, the Lions have compiled a 52-12-2 record.
In 2011, Roberts scored 16 goals and had 15 assists to pad her school-record totals in those categories while leading the Lions to a Gulf South Conference championship and a 17-5 record.
Roberts led the GSC in both goals and assists in 2011 and was named Daktronics Player of the Year for NCAA Division II.
Now, she’s added another award to her resume. Roberts has been named Small College Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. She will be honored at the association’s convention Sunday in Birmingham.
“All awards are special,” she said. “But I have to give the credit to my teammates. They are the ones passing me the ball and helping us win.”
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