UNA soccer shuts out Union for fourth straight win

The soccer team picked up their fourth win in a row after beating Union University 5-0 Oct. 21.

UNA (10-2-1, 7-2) was led by junior forward Chloe Richards who scored four goals for the second game in a row. The Lions also recorded their third straight shutout.

“Defensively were not giving up a ton of shots, which is really nice at this point in the season,” said coach Chris Walker. “We’re just defending well and I think this sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

Richards got the Lions on the board at the 11:17 mark in the first half off an assist from sophomore defender Susan Lang. UNA would never look back as Richards scored three more goals, and freshman defender Abby Cavitt scored her first career goal with the Lions.

“There’s been games where Chloe has scored three or four goals before in other games but I do think tonight was her best,” Walker said. “Everybody else is working hard as well and it was nice to see Abby score her first college goal.”

The Lions stayed aggressively all game and outshot the Bulldogs 32-2. UNA was also able to show off its depth by having 21 players play.

“You could see where we switched every single player on the field and we still scored,” said freshman forward Beatriz Fernandes. “Overall I think everyone played so well.”

The Lions next game will be against the University of West Alabama at home Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. It will be an important matchup as the Tigers are tied for first place in the Gulf South Conference and the Lions are No. 3.

“I don’t know who can stop us right now,” Fernandes said. “We’re just so thirsty to win.”