UNA soccer falls to West Georgia at home

UNA’s freshman defender Caroline Naess holds off a West Georgia attacker in a 1-0 loss to the Wolves Oct. 19. This was the first start for Naess in her collegiate career, as the Lions fall to 6-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

by Managing Editor Mike Ezekiel

The UNA soccer team had numerous chances to score, but ultimately could not find the net, falling short 1-0 against the West Georgia Wolves Oct. 19 in Florence.

The Lions (6-7, 5-4 Gulf South Conference) gave up an early goal, as West Georgia’s Katie Mitchell chipped one in off the crossbar to give her team the advantage in the second minute.

The goal would prove to be enough, as the Lions shot 22 times and had six shots on goal, but remained scoreless throughout the contest.

“The quality just wasn’t there,” said UNA head coach Chris Walker. “We had enough chances to win the game. We just made too many mistakes.”

Four of UNA’s six shots on the day hit off the post, but would not take the lucky bounce into the net. West Georgia goalkeeper Morgan Springer had six saves in the shutout.

West Georgia (10-4-1, 6-3-1 GSC) had six shots in the entire game, with one being on goal. The one shot proved to be the deciding factor.

Both teams are fighting to remain in contention for the GSC tournament in November with three games left to play. UNA’s loss tonight leaves some work ahead, as the Lions are on the outside looking in.

“This game was really important,” said junior midfielder Beatriz Fernandes. “All of our games are important. We need to trust in the process, trust (Walker) and trust ourselves because we have so much talent.”

The Lions host Valdosta State to close the home portion of the season Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

Following that contest, UNA faces two key opponents still in the hunt for the GSC tournament, as it faces off against Christian Brothers Oct. 26 and finishes against Union Oct. 29 on the road.

“There are no easy games,” Walker said. “Everyone is fighting for their lives to get in that top six and compete. We just have to take it game by game and improve a few things.”