Lions ‘Kickin’ For A Cure’

UNA forward Chloe Roberts goes after the ball during Sept. 28’s game against Christian Brothers University. The team will host its inaugural Pink Game Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. against Union on the UNA soccer field.

The No. 14-ranked women’s soccer team will host a Pink Game Oct. 5 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The game will be at home against Union at 7 p.m., and the team is hosting an online auction to go along with the game.

The Lions are coming off  weekend wins at home against Christian Brothers and away at Delta State.

UNA came away with a 2-0 win against Christian Brothers Sept. 28 behind a goal from Chloe Roberts in the first half and a goal from Jennifer Osmond in the second half. Osmond’s goal came after Chloe Richards’ left-footed cross curled away from the Buccaneer goalkeeper and right onto Osmond’s head.

Sept. 30’s match at Delta State was a soggy one as the Lions escaped the mud and the rain with a 4-1 win. Freshman Antonia Rigby opened the scoring for UNA before Delta State equalized a minute later. Osmond scored her first goal of the game to put the Lions up for good in the 19th minute. Jo Chubb added one quickly after the restart before Osmond scored her second on a free kick.

The Oct. 5 Pink Game is a first for the Lions. Seniors Katie Crosby and Nikki Brown decided they wanted to be involved with the new tradition.

“The soccer team had never done a Pink Game before, and we felt like it was a good cause to be a part of,” Brown said. “This will be the soccer team’s first time to do anything like this, and, hopefully, it will continue.”

The online auction to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research has been going since Sept. 26 and will end at noon Oct. 5. Items up for auction can be found at under the photos.

“We have giftcards, T-shirts, a soccer ball signed by the team, all kinds of things up for bid,” Brown said. “Just click on the picture and bid in the comment section. The bids must be in $1 increments.”

One of the featured items up for bid is an autographed baseball by former St. Louis Cardinal and current Los Angeles Angel Albert Pujols.

The winners of the auctioned items will be announced at the game Oct. 5, where the Lions will be wearing pink jerseys.

“Legend’s, Frostbite and Montagu’s all chipped in to purchase the jerseys for us,” Brown said. “We really appreciate all that the local businesses have done for us, with the jerseys and the donations to our auction.”