Samora’s Late Goal Lifts Women’s Soccer Past Portland State, 1-0

Samora’s Late Goal Lifts Women’s Soccer Past Portland State, 1-0

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sophomore Jenna Samora broke a scoreless tie with just four minutes and five second remaining in regulation to lead Northern Arizona to a 1-0 win over Portland State Sunday afternoon at Lumberjack Stadium. NAU won its first conference game of 2009 to improve to 6-6-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the Big Sky while Portland State dropped to 7-6-1 and 1-1-0 in conference.

The game was a defensive struggle throughout, as both teams only had three shots in the first half and neither squad had a legitimate scoring chance in the opening 45 minutes.

Portland State recorded the game’s first quality scoring chance in the 61st minute off a free kick near midfield. Sophomore Toni Carnovale took the set piece and put it on the NAU goal, forcing goalkeeper Tori Rocke to make a save. The ball came to Viking freshman Brittany Allen for a point-blank rebound, but her shot went high and over the NAU goal.

In the 63rd minute, the Lumberjacks had a golden opportunity to score, as a lead pass left junior Anna Clark unopposed atop the Portland State box. Her breakaway shot was stopped by Viking senior goalkeeper Cris Lewis, who made a second sliding save on a rebound try by Clark to keep the game scoreless.

The game appeared to be ticketed for overtime before the Lumberjacks finally cracked the ice in the 86th minute. Junior Brenna Boies corralled the ball along the right side of the field and sent a cross into the Viking box. The feed was deflected by Lewis but came to Samora in front of the goal mouth, and the sophomore was able to head the ball past Lewis to give NAU it’s winning tally.

“I thought our possession was very good in the first half and we were able to control the game defensively. We were patient and tried to correct a few things at halftime,” said head coach Andre Luciano. “Brenna got to the end line and served a good ball, and Jenna was able to finish a gutsy goal to give us a nice win.”

Boies recorded her second assist of the week and seventh helper of the season, which puts her in a tie for fourth in the Northern Arizona single-season assists record book. Samora’s fourth goal tied her with injured midfielder Lauren Zallis for the team lead in scoring, and Samora led the team with three shots on goal for the contest. Rocke made three saves for her second shutout of the season while Lewis made five saves in taking the loss. NAU held an 8-7 advantage in shots for the game and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks, as neither team saw many scoring chances.

The Lumberjacks head back on the road next week for a pair of Big Sky contests, starting at Idaho State on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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