Womens Soccer Blasts Weber State, 3-0
OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona scored three times in the
opening 60 minutes of the game and sophomore goalkeeper Tori Rocke
made four saves in a 3-0 shutout of Weber State on Saturday morning
in Ogden. The Lumberjacks evened their overall and conference
records at 7-7-1 and 2-2-0, respectively, while Weber State lost
for the ninth time in 10 games to fall to 5-9-0 overall and 1-3-0
in the Big Sky.
After Rocke made three saves through the first 40 minutes, The Lumberjacks netted the first goal of the game with five minutes remaining in the opening half. A lead pass from junior Kristi Andreassen found junior Corie McGuire for a try from the top of the box. The Lumberjack midfielder blasted a shot from 18 yards out inside the left post and past Weber State goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie for her third goal of the season to give NAU a 1-0 lead at the half.
The visitors padded the lead on their first shot of the second half in the 52nd minute. Senior Sarah Neatherton sent a cross from the left side of the field and found junior Katie Tribbey, whose header found the Weber State goal to extend the Lumberjack lead. Tribbey’s first goal of the season came off Neatherton’s 16th career assist, which puts her in second place all-time in career assists at NAU and gave the Lumberjacks a 2-0 lead.
Less than seven minutes later, Northern Arizona would add a third goal. The Lumberjacks were awarded an indirect free kick, and sophomore Jenna Samora and junior Sam Monahan stood above the ball. Samora made an initial touch to allow for a direct attempt by Monahan, who fired inside the right post to extend the Northern Arizona lead to 3-0.
The Lumberjacks withstood the Wildcats the rest of the way, with Rocke needing to make just one late save to preserve a 3-0 shutout.
“It was a gritty win for us; I thought we really played a complete game,” said head coach Andre Luciano. “I’m proud of my team, but we still have a lot of games to worry about and our backs are up against the wall. We just have to continue fighting and climbing, but it was huge to rebound from Thursday’s loss and pick up three points.”
Rocke’s four saves were good for her second shutout in three games and her third blank sheet of the season, while Ritchie made six saves while allowing three goals in the loss. Monahan lead the team with three shots, placing all on net, while recording her first goal of the season, as NAU held a 13-11 shot advantage for the match. With her 16th career assist, Neatherton is now just two assists behind all-time leader Cee Cee Odorfer for the program record.
The Lumberjacks return to Flagstaff for their final home games of the season next weekend, starting with a match against Montana on Friday at 3 p.m. in Lumberjack Stadium.