FLORENCE, Ala. -- Playing her final regular-season match at home, University of North Alabama senior Chloe Roberts scored two goals and added an assist in leading the Lions t a key 5-1 Gulf South Conference win over Delta State.
Roberts, the all-time leading scorer in UNA history with 91 goals, got UNA on the board in the fifth minute and the Lions never looked back, outshooting the Statesmen 31 to eight on the way to the win. UNA is now 11-4-1 overall and finished the regular-season 6-2-1 in GSC play. That record secures second place for the Lions in the GSC standings and gives UNA a bye in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Lions will face the winner of the Valdosta State-West Georgia match on Friday (Nov. 2) in Pensacola, Fla.
In Sunday's win over Delta State, Roberts scored unassisted goals at 4:22 and 14:06 to give UNA a 2-0 lead. The goals upped her totals to 15 goals this season and 91 for her career. Freshman Chloe Richards then scored off an assist from senior Jo Chubb at the 19:51 mark to make it 3-0.
Delta State got on the scoreboard at the 40:34 mark on a goal by Michelle Laurenzi but UNA quickly answered with another goal just three minutes later to make it 4-1 at intermission. That goal came off the foot of Melanie Leonida, with Roberts assisting. It was Leonida's second goal of the season and was Roberts 49th career assist.
The final goal came just 2:04 into the second half as Richards scored for the second time in the match and the ninth time this season. Chubb assisted on the goal.
UNA was on the offensive all day with 31 total shots and 17 shots on goal. Delta State goalkeeper Kelsey Elling had 12 saves in 90 minutes in goal.
Morgan Grace spent 63:52 in goal for UNA, allowing one goal. Lauren Middleton recorded two saves in her 26 minutes in goal.
UNA honored the four senior members of its 2012 squad at halftime. All four-year starters, Nikki Brown, Jo Chubb, Katie Crosby and Chloe Richards have led UNA to a 63-16-3 record over the last four years. In 2009 they led the Lions to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and UNA has followed with NCAA trips in 2010 and 2011. Last year they also helped lead UNA to the first GSC women's sioccer championship in school history.