LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior Brenna Boies tied school records for single game and career assists with three helpers and Northern Arizona got a game winner from senior Rebekah Schmidt in the 85th minute in a thrilling 3-2 victory Friday afternoon over Cal State Fullerton. The Lumberjacks improved to 1-2-2 while the Titans moved to 2-3-0.
Boies' three assists equaled the school record set by Sierra Cristiano in a game against Southern Utah in 2003. She now has 18 assists for her career, equaling former Lumberjacks Sarah Neatherton and Cee Cee Odorfer for the all-time program lead.
"Obviously to get this win was huge for us," said head coach Andre Luciano. "It kind of validates all of the hard work we've put in and how we were able to finally close a game out. Cal State Fullerton is an extremely physical and talented team and it was a very well played game so I'm happy with then win "
Early domination by the Lumberjacks on the Titan's half of the field led to a quick lead for NAU.A throw in for the Lumberjacks deflected to Boies, who found open space atop the Fullerton box to send a feed to junior Lauren Zallis for a finish to the bottom left and a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.
Four minutes later the Titans nearly tied the score as senior Christina Murillo got open to the left of the NAU goal, had a shot hit the right post, and then had her own rebound try stopped by NAU freshman goalie Lauren Weaver.
The teams would share errant shot attempts for the remainder of the half, with the Lumberjacks allowing only a single shot on goal in the opening stanza as NAU maintained a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The field began to tilt the Titans way to start the second half, and they would find the equalizer in the 56th minute. Sophomore Jennifer Smith found open space down the right side of the field and sent a cross into the box that found the head of Murillo for a goal to tie the game.
Just over two minutes later, Northern Arizona would use a similar script to regain the lead. A corner kick from Boies lofted perfectly to the head of senior Kristi Andreassen for her team-leading third goal of the season and a 2-1 Lumberjack lead.
In the 67th minute, Cal State Fullerton had a pair of attempts in front of the goal, with a deflection by sophomore Brisa Gonzalez headed for the goal before Andreassen booted it out of play. The Titans would convert on a corner kick in the 80th minute, with junior Caitlin Mellano sending the feed off junior Casey Folk to freshman Nikki McCants, who one-timed a shot past Lauren Weaver to even the score.
The Lumberjacks looked to be headed to their third-straight overtime game but would net the game winner with just 5:11 remaining in regulation. Boies corralled the ball on the left side of the box and sent a cross that deflected off Zallis and found Schmidt, who finished past Titan goalkeeper Jordan Santos to give NAU its first win of the season.
Weaver made two saves for her first-career victory and Andreassen paced the team offensively with three shots.
NAU continues play in the Trojan Invitational on Sunday against host USC at 1:30 p.m.