UNA Soccer Advances to South Region Semi-final

(Courtesy RoarLions.com)

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of North Alabama women’s soccer team earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Valdosta State Friday to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Division South Region Tournament. UNA will now face West Florida Sunday at 1 p.m. in the regional semifinal. The winner of that match will face the Tampa-Rollins winner on Nov. 16 in the South Region final.

Playing in the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight season, UNA got a goal in the 55th minute to break a scoreless tie against Valdosta State. A shot by Melanie Leonida was blocked but Jennifer Osmond was there to play the deflection back into the net and give UNA a 1-0 lead. It was Osmond’s 10th goal of the season and the 36th or her career.

UNA freshman goalkeeper Morgan Grace was stellar in her 90 minutes in goal with five saves to preserve a shutout and the win. The Lions out-shot Valdosta State 17 to 14.

UNA improves its record to 13-5-1, while Valdosta State falls to 14-4-2. UNA had previously defeated the Blazers 4-3 back on Sept. 21 in Valdosta.

The win was the second NCAA post-season win for the Lions. UNA defeated Florida Southern 3-2 in the first round of the 2009 South Regional before falling to West Florida in the semifinal. North Alabama suffered first round losses in the 2010 and 2011 regionals to Tampa.

— Courtesy RoarLions.com

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