HILLSIDE, N.J. - No. 6 North Alabama collected its second-straight upset in the 2018 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship with a 3-0 victory against No. 2 NJIT on Sunday afternoon. The Lions advance to face top-seeded Lipscomb on Saturday, Nov. 3rd in Nashville at 6 PM CT.
Tay Cavett opened the scoring for the Lions in the 22nd minute as Shelby Wall delivered a ball into the box on a corner kick in which Cavett flicked towards the near post and into the net. It marked Cavett's third goal of the season and Wall's league-leading 10th assist. UNA took a 13-2 shot differential into halftime with five finding the frame.
NJIT dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half, nearly scoring on a multitude of chances as the Highlanders totaled eight shots to UNA's one after halftime. However, UNA goalkeeper Shelby Thornton was a force totaling four saves in her seventh shutout of the season. North Alabama delivered the backbreaking goal in the 74th minute as a defensive misplay resulted in an own goal giving the Lions the 2-0 advantage.
Anna Bove' capped the scoring for North Alabama in the 85th minute as her lofted shot over the NJIT keeper moved the scoreboard to 3-0 and sealed UNA's first-ever appearance in the ASUN Championship Final. The Lions are ineligible for the NCAA Tournament during their first four years of transition to a Division I program, but can earn their first conference trophy with a victory vs. Lipscomb on Nov. 3rd.
North Alabama vs. NJIT Championship Final Notes
- North Alabama becomes the first No. 6 seed to reach the ASUN Final since Kennesaw State in 2014.
- The Lions are only the third No. 6 seed to ever advance to the ASUN Final.
- NJIT's season ends with a Division I program record 11-5-2 record, while UNA improves to 11-8-1
- UNA played its last three games in New Jersey and posted a 2-0-1 record in those contests.