UNA bounces back from loss

by Orrey Bolton Staff Writer

The UNA Lions’ soccer team bounced back from last Sunday’s loss with a 3-0 victory at home against Southern Indiana Wednesday night.

The offense came out strong for UNA, scoring two early goals, including another goal for All-American Chloe Roberts with her 6th goal of the season. The offense scored all three of their goals in the first half, due in most part to the majority game possession, which was an improvement from last game’s loss to Lynn.

“We passed and moved the ball extremely well, particularly in the first half,” saidcoach Graham Winkworth. “I found myself at times standing up and clapping because the girls really are playing some fine soccer right now.”

Going into the second, UNA couldn’t find the net as easily as in the first half. UNA was held scoreless in the second half and the defense came up huge for the Lions, not letting Southern Indiana have many shots and few shots on goal.

“They had to step up on defense today, especially in the first half but we got sloppy toward the end and we need to clean that up,” said Winkworth. “We just have to step up and work together.”

The game was going smoothly for most of the game, but the Lions had some more unfortunate breaks with a couple of more injuries being piled up, which could be a problem going forward with key players Julie Osmond and Gabby Madrigal already out for the season.

“We need a few breaks, and we need our players to stay healthy,” said Winkworth. “We are carrying a lot of injuries right now and may have picked up a few more tonight. If we can just get healthy, I feel like we can have a good season, but I’m really proud of the way our girls responded today.”

UNA improved to 5-1 on the season with two more non-conference games left to play, as they will open conference play with Delta State at home. The Lions’ next game will be Sunday Sept. 18 in Carrollton, Ga against Florida Southern.

“I just want to continue to play the way it is supposed to be played, and I want people to respect what we are trying to do,” said Winkworth.