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October 9, 2009

Second Half Rally Leads Sacramento State Past Women’s Soccer, 2-1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Kristi Andreassen gave Northern Arizona an early lead, but Sacramento State rallied with two second half goals to earn a 2-1 victory in both teams’ Big Sky-opener. The Lumberjacks dropped to 5-6-1 overall and opened the conference season at 0-1 while the Hornets improved to 6-3-3.

The first shot on goal of the contest came in the 17th minute, with NAU junior Sam Monahan getting turned away by Hornet goaltender Savannah Abercrombie. The Lumberjacks grabbed an early lead nine minutes later, capitalizing on their first corner kick of the game. Junior Brenna Boise took the corner and sent a feed to the back post, finding the 5-11 Andreassen for a header into the Sacramento State goal. Andreassen’s second goal of the season and Boies’ conference-leading sixth assist of the year gave Northern Arizona a 1-0 lead.

NAU almost equaled its season-high in fouls just in the first half, as the Lumberjacks were whistled for 12 infractions while the Hornets committed 8 fouls in the opening half. With a combined 20 fouls and just nine shots, including no shots on goal for the Hornets in the first 45 minutes, Northern Arizona took a 1-0 lead to the break.

Sacramento State put its first shot on goal in the 50th minute, as NAU sophomore goalkeeper Tori Rocke stopped a try from Hornet freshman Megan Burg.

The Hornets second shot on goal, also from Burg, would find the back of the net in the 54th minute. Sophomore Caitlin Pulver sent a cross through the NAU box and found Burg, who tucked the ball into the right corner of the NAU goal to tie the score at 1-1.

Sacramento State would continue on the attack after netting the equalizer, and took the lead in the 68th minute. Hornet senior Kim Kemper corralled a ball along the left side and sent a feed to the top of the box. The pass found junior Erin Tarantino, who fired a shot from 15 yards out into the Lumberjack goal to give the home team the lead.

NAU had a great chance to tie the game in the 72nd minute, as a shot by sophomore Georgia Foltz was blocked and the rebound came to Boies, who hit the post to narrowly miss the equalizer. Monahan had a shot blocked off a corner kick in the 84th minute, negating the Lumberjacks final scoring chance as Sacramento State held on for a 2-1 victory.

Both teams finished with four shots on goal, with all of the Hornets shots on goal coming in the second half, while NAU held a 12-11 shot advantage overall. Andreassen paced the visitors with four shots while Berg had five for Sacramento State after entering the game as a reserve. Abercrombie made three saves while Rocke stopped two as the Hornets remained undefeated at home in 2009. NAU’s 16 fouls were easily a season-high while Sacramento State finished with 11 fouls.

The Lumberjacks return to Flagstaff on Sunday for their Big Sky home opener and first home game since September 18, hosting Portland State at noon in Lumberjack Stadium.