EL PASO, Texas – UTEP junior goalkeeper Chandra Morden made seven saves and the Miners scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute in a 1-0 shutout of Northern Arizona on Sunday afternoon. The Lumberjacks dropped to 0-2 on the season while UTEP earned a win in its first game of the season.
Much like Friday's contest against Arizona State, Sunday's match was controlled by the opposition early. The Miners had the majority of the game's early scoring chances, including a goal in the 20th minute. UTEP junior midfielder Katie Dorman sent a cross into the NAU goal mouth, where teammate Brittany Kindzierski was able to one-time a shot past Lumberjack freshman goalkeeper Lauren Weaver into the bottom right corner of the goal to give the home team the early lead.
UTEP would continue to apply the pressure for the remainder of the half, holding a 14-5 shot advantage in the opening stanza and taking a 1-0 lead into the break.
The Lumberjacks were the aggressors early after halftime, attempting six corner kicks in the opening 23 minutes of the second half while not succeeding a single corner to UTEP. NAU would only get a single shot off the series of corners, however, as senior Brandy Carr had a try stopped by Morden in the 61st minute.
With UTEP going into a defensive shell in trying to protect their slim lead, the Lumberjacks could only muster three more shots for the remainder of the contest, with a final attempt from senior Kristi Andreassen stopped by Morden in the 80th minute as UTEP held on for the 1-0 victory.
The Miners held an 18-11 shot advantage for the game, though they did not place a single shot on goal in the second half. Weaver made three saves in her first-career game, while NAU senior Sam Monahan led the team offensively with three shots. UTEP had four players attempt three shots each while succeeding eight corner kicks and attempting just four.
The Lumberjacks continue their road swing on Friday, September 3, at Arizona at 7 p.m.