FLORENCE -- It was a performance that University of North Alabama women's soccer coach Graham Winkworth said he has been waiting nine months to see. With his team's strong finish in 2008, and the addition of six promising newcomers, he felt that he might have the beginnings of something special this season.
Saturday night the Lions downed Montevallo 3-0 in impressive fashion at the UNA Soccer Field in their 2009 opener. Senior Tassia Augusto os Sao Paulo, Brazil, the school's all-time leading scorer, netted two goals to push her career mark to 37. Freshman Nikki Brown of Bognor Regis, England scored UNA's final goal and freshman Jo Chubb of Crawley, England had two assists.
"This is really a good win for us," said Winkworth, "And I've been waiting nine months for it. We have the makings of what could be a very good team and this is the first step."
Augusto got UNA on the scoreboard at 14:49 of the first half when she took a pass from Chubb and pushed the ball past Montevallo's Alyssa Maxwell into the net. North Alabama's defense did not allow a Montevallo shot in the first 45 minutes of the match. The game remained 1-0 until the 62:24 mark when Augusto scored again, and again it was off a pass from Chubb. Brown scored her first goal for the Lions at 76:27 after breaking free down the right side and made it 3-0.
UNA's Alex McLay had four saves in recording the shutout. UNA outshot Montevallo 16-7.
The Lions host Limestone College on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.