Jaguar Soccer Wins First-Ever Sun Belt Conference Championship
The University of South Alabama Women’s Soccer Team clinched their first-ever Sun Belt Conference Championship by defeating Western Kentucky at Bobcat Soccer Complex in San Marcos, Texas.
Lauren Allison, who scored her 16th goal on the year and her second of the tournament, was named the 2013 Sun Belt Most Outstanding Player.
Allison, Melissa Drish, Clarissa Hernandez, Nini Rabsatt-Smith and Shelby Owen were all named to the All-SBC Tournament team after the win.
The Jags (14-5-5, 5-2-1 SBC) advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Jags opponent and where they will play will be announced today, November 11 at 3:30pm (CT) on NCAA.com. The tournament will begin next week.
In the 20th minute of the match, Allison scored on a breakaway by driving past multiple Lady Topper defenders to receive Morgan Motes’ pass. The Jags avenged a 1-0 loss to the Toppers late in the regular season though they were outshot 16-14 in the match and 11-5 in the second half.
WKU got their best looks came in the first half from freshman Haley Baldridge and sophomore Alanna Clancey. They both had shots blocked from the right corver of the box to preserve the win.
“This is a great feeling,” said first-year head coach Graham Winkworth, who also collected his first Division I conference title. “This was some excellent passing soccer, the best all season. And the girls defended magnificently today. We’re going to enjoy every moment of this and the rest of our season.”
South Alabama will host a selection show party at Heroe’s Sports Bar & Grill on Hillcrest near Old Shell from 3-5PM.
The 2013 Women’s Soccer College Cup will play on five seperate dates. The First round is scheduled for November 15, 16 or 17 at 32 different sites. The Second and Third rounds are scheduled for November 22, 24 at eight different sites. The Quarterfinals are scheduled for November 29, 30 or December 1 at four different locations. Then finally the Women’s College Cup will be held on December 6, 8 in Cary, North Carolina.