Birmingham, AL— The University of North Alabama placed six student-athletes on the 2011 All-Gulf South Conference Women's Soccer team, with junior Chloe Roberts selected GSC Player of the Year for the second time. UNA's five first-team All-GSC selections were the most for any school.
Roberts, a three-time first-team All-GSC pick and also the 2009 GSC Player of the Year from Plymouth, England, was joined on the first-team by junior midfielders Nikki Brown of Bognor Regis, England and Jo Chubb of Crawley, England, sophomore forward Jennifer Osmond of Southampton, England, and freshman defender Ellis Hillman of Exmouth, England. Brown and Chubb are also three-time first-team All-GSC picks.
Roberts' selection marks just the third time in league history that a player has collected the Player of the Year honor twice in their career, following Lincoln Memorial's Yolanda Janiga (1997-98) and CBU's Missy Gregg (2001-02). Roberts led the Lions to a share of the Conference Regular Season Crown and enters the post-season tops in the league in shots (98), points (42), goals (15), assists (12) and game-winning goals (6). Her 75 career goals and 188 career points already rank her second best in GSC history. Brown ranks third in assists (tied, nine) and fourth in points (21), while Chubb is tied for sixth in assists (seven). Osmond has scored 14 goals this season to rank second on the team.
UNA senior goalkeeper Alex McLay of Naples, Fla., was a second-team All-GSC selection, marking the fourth straight year for her to gain GSC honors. She was first-team All-GSC in 2008 and 2009 and second-team in 2010 and 2011. She has recorded a school-record 25 career shutouts at UNA and has spent almost 6,700 minutes in goal for the Lions. This season she has eight shutouts as UNA has allowed just 11 goals in 18 matches.
UNA opens play in the 2011 GSC Tournament in Pensacola, Fla., at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 4) against Alabama-Huntsville. The Lions, 15-3 overall, downed UAH 2-1 in Huntsville back on October 21.