Nov. 13, 2009

Courtesy of North Alabama Athletics

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Chloe Roberts scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the University of North Alabama to a 3-2 win over Florida Southern in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer South Regional Tournament.

The win was the frst-ever NCAA tournament win for the UNA soccer program and will send the Lions into a second round matchup with host and No.1 ranked West Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the UWF Soccer Complex.

UNA led 1-0 early but fell behind 2-1 by intermission. After knotting the score at 2-2 in the 64th minute, the Lions got the winning goal from Roberts with less than five minutes left in regulation.

"It was a game of two very different halves," said UNA head coach Graham Winkworth. "We did not start out well but we changed our system at the half and did a much better job of pressuring them. It was just a hard fought game and our players know they beat a very good Florida Southern team today."

UNA is now 19-3-1, while Florida Southern ends its season at 12-8-1.

Roberts, a freshman from Plymouth, England and the 2009 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, put UNA on top in the 24th minute with a goal off an assist from Tassia Augusto.

Florida Southern tied the game at the 30:55 mark off a penalty kick from Princess Haley. It was her tenth goal of the season.

Ashlee Haas then added a goal for FSC off a corner from Alex Hoover at the 37:29 mark to put Florida Southern up 2-1.

UNA tied the game at 63:59 when Jamie Takala took a feed from Roberts and pushed it past the FSC goalkeeper. It was Takala's seventh goal of the season and the 15th assist for Roberts.

Then, in the 86th minute, Roberts scored again unassisted to give UNA the 3-2 win.

Florida Southern out-shot UNA 8-2 in the first half and the Lions returned the favor with an eight shots to two advantage in the second half.

UNA goalkeeper Alex McLay had two saves in the win.

North Alabama will now face West Florida for the third time this season. The Lions lost a regular-season matchup with the Lady Argonauts 4-0 in Pensacola, then dropped a 4-1 decision in the championship game of the GSC Tournament to UWF last weekend.