FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior Kristi Andreassen scored her
first goal of the season for Northern Arizona, but the Lumberjacks
allowed a season-high four goals in a 4-1 loss to Iowa. The game
was the final match of the NAU Mountain Classic, with New Mexico
topping Oakland, 2-0, earlier Sunday. NAU dropped its
third-straight contest to fall to 1-4-1 while Iowa improved to
The match was delayed 30 minutes in the second half due to thunderstorms and lightning, and was played under intermittent rain throughout the contest.
The Lumberjacks had a great chance for the first goal of the game in the 14th minute, as Andreassen sent a free kick ahead to sophomore Lauren Zallis. NAU’s leading goal scorer settled the ball in stride and had a clear path to the net, but her shot was high and skipped over the crossbar.
Iowa would make the most of its first good scoring chance, capitalizing in the 20th minute. Sophomore Morgan Showalter corralled a ball inside the NAU box and fed it along the left side past the Lumberjack defense to teammate Sarah Langlas, who chipped the ball over goalkeeper Tori Rocke to give the Hawkeyes the lead.
Northern Arizona would answer back in the 40th minute. Sophomore Noel Guevara, playing in her first game all season, lofted a corner kick into the Iowa box and found the 5-11 Andreassen, who’s header beat Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran to tie the score at 1-1.
Unfortunately for the Lumberjacks, Iowa would regain the lead less than five minutes later. Hawkeye senior Jackie Kaeding took a corner kick and found the head of senior Kim White, who redirected the ball into the NAU goal to put Iowa back on top in the final minute of the first half.
Just two minutes and one second into the second half, the Hawkeyes struck again. A corner kick from senior Alex Seydel was put on goal by sophomore Alyssa Cosnek, striking the left post. The ball bounced directly to junior Kelli McLaughlin for the rebound as the visitors extended their lead.
Following the half-hour thunderstorm delay, Northern Arizona went on the offensive attack, but couldn’t find the back of the net despite several quality scoring chances. Instead, it was Iowa that would score again in the 89th minute. With NAU committing eight players on offense in search of the equalizers, Cosnek was able to find space atop the NAU box on the counterattack. She would chip a pass ahead to McLaughlin, who beat Rocke from eight yards out to put an end to a disappointing day and weekend for the home team.
Northern Arizona was out-shot 16-11 and put just three shots on goal compared to seven tries on net from Iowa. Rocke made three saves but allowed four goals, the most NAU has given up since their loss to Portland in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Andreassen led the team with four shots, putting two on goal in addition to a strong defensive game. McLaughlin paced the Hawkeyes with five shots in scoring her initial two goals of the season and was one of 11 Iowa players to record at least one shot.
In addition to Guevara playing her first game of the season, redshirt sophomore Kathryn Wertz saw her first-career action for the Lumberjacks, starting at defense and playing all 90 minutes. Sunday’s game also included the first-career start for freshman Laura Johnson and the first start since 2007 for junior Anna Clark.
The Lumberjacks will look to break their three game losing streak on Wednesday, hosting NAIA school Embry-Riddle at 7 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium. The Lumberjacks beat the Eagles, 9-1, last season in Prescott.
June 16, 2010 Soccer Camps Kickoff Next Week; Spots Still Available
April 23, 2010 Womens Soccer to End Spring Season with Alumni Game
April 20, 2010 Women's Soccer 2010 Summer Camp Information
April 12, 2010 Womens Soccer, NAU Alums Run Event with Special Olympics
April 7, 2010 Womens Soccer Holds Clinic with Local Youth Players
April 2, 2010 Women's Soccer Announces Six-Match Spring Schedule
February 8, 2010 Northern Arizona Students-Athletes Garner Record Cumulative GPA
February 3, 2010 Womens Soccer, Club Teams Take to Shoveling South Fields
February 1, 2010 12 Womens Soccer Players Named All-Academic Big Sky
November 18, 2009 Soccers Kristi Andreassen Named Academic All-American
November 12, 2009 Women's Soccer Battles No. 1 Stanford, Falls 2-0 in NCAA Tournament
November 11, 2009 Luciano Repeats as Big Sky Soccer Coach of the Year
November 10, 2009 Women's Soccer Returns to NCAA Tournament in Stanford
November 9, 2009 Womens Soccer Headed to Stanford to Open NCAA Tournament
November 7, 2009 Women's Soccer Big Sky Championship Blog - Updated Saturday
November 6, 2009 Womens Soccer Back in Big Sky Final After Shootout Win
November 3, 2009 Women's Soccer Looks to Defend Title at Big Sky Championship
November 3, 2009 Boies, Andreassen, Samora Headline All-Big Sky Soccer Selections
October 31, 2009 Update: Womens Soccer to Face Portland State in BSC Semifinal
October 31, 2009 Womens Soccer Nets Two Academic All-District Selections
October 30, 2009 Womens Soccer Falls at Northern Colorado but Clinches Tourney Birth
October 28, 2009 Women's Soccer to Close Regular Season at Northern Colorado
October 25, 2009 Womens Soccer Defeats Eastern Washington on Senior Day, 4-2
October 23, 2009 Late Rally Lifts Womens Soccer Over Montana in Overtime, 2-1
October 21, 2009 Women's Soccer to Close Home Schedule With Key Big Sky Matches
October 17, 2009 Womens Soccer Blasts Weber State, 3-0
October 13, 2009 Women's Soccer to Continue Big Sky Play at Idaho State, Weber State
October 13, 2009 Lumberjack Stadium to Get Total Makeover
October 12, 2009 October 23 Womens Soccer Game vs. Montana Moved to 3 P.M.
October 11, 2009 Samoras Late Goal Lifts Womens Soccer Past Portland State, 1-0
October 1, 2009 Rocke Returning to Form as Big Sky Season Commences
September 28, 2009 McGuire Earns Big Sky Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week Honors
September 27, 2009 Sun, Sun Devils Defeat Womens Soccer, 4-0
September 25, 2009 McGuire Leads Womens Soccer to 2-1 Upset of New Mexico
September 23, 2009 Tough Road Tests Await Womens Soccer This Week
September 18, 2009 Womens Soccer Superb Again in 4-0 Win Over Murray State
September 16, 2009 Women's Soccer to Host Murray State to End Long Homestand
September 12, 2009 Womens Soccer Dominates New Mexico State in 3-1 Victory
September 9, 2009 Womens Soccer Outlasts Pesky Embry-Riddle, 3-1
September 8, 2009 Women's Soccer to Continue Homestand with Embry-Riddle, New Mexico State
September 6, 2009 Iowa Overwhelms Womens Soccer to Close Mountain Classic, 4-1
September 4, 2009 Womens Soccer Blanked by Oakland, 1-0
September 2, 2009 Women's Soccer to Open Five-Match Homestand With Mountain Classic
August 30, 2009 Womens Soccer Silenced by Loyola Marymount, 3-0
August 28, 2009 Record Crowd Watches Womens Soccer Draw with Arizona, 2-2
August 25, 2009 Women's Soccer to Open Home Slate with Arizona, Travel to LMU
August 24, 2009 Zallis Named Big Sky Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
August 23, 2009 Zallis Leads Womens Soccer Past Southern Utah, 2-0
August 21, 2009 Womens Soccer Blanked by Utah State in Season Opener, 2-0
August 18, 2009 Women's Soccer Opens Season At Utah State, Southern Utah
August 12, 2009 Women's Soccer Picked Second in Big Sky Preseason Poll
August 10, 2009 Women's Soccer Preparing to Defend Big Sky Championship
August 8, 2009 Lumberjacks to Hold Open Scrimmage Saturday Night