FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Brenna Boies established a new program record with her 19th career assist, setting up senior Kristi Andreassen in the seventh minute for the only goal of the game in a 1-0 NAU victory over Air Force. The Lumberjacks improved to 2-3-2 while the Falcons dropped to 5-3-1
Boies tied the previous record of 18 career assists, originally established by Cee Cee Odorfer and equaled last season by Sarah Neatherton, with three assists in the Lumberjacks 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton last Friday. She entered the season with 15 career assists after leading the Big Sky with eight assists in 2009.
"It's really exciting to be up there with Cee Cee and Sarah Neatherton to hold that record," said Boies after the game. "Hopefully I'll get some more and set the bar a little higher."
The record-setting helper came on an early goal that would hold up as the game winner. Boies attempted a corner kick and sent it short to senior Brandy Carr, who fed back to Boies to the right of the box. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native sent a perfect cross to the left post, where Andreassen dove to head the ball past Air Force goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh and give the Lumberjacks the early lead.
The Lumberjacks would continue to control play for the majority of the first half, allowing only one Air Force shot on goal in taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Falcons would get their best chance to even the score. Sophomore Stephanie Patterson took a pass in front of the NAU goal and was denied on a sliding save by NAU goalkeeper Lauren Weaver. The freshman netminder remained down on the field, however, as a scramble ensued in front of the goal before Patterson had a second shot blocked out of bounds by the Lumberjack defense. Weaver would have to leave the game following the play, with junior Tori Rocke playing the final 35 minutes of the contest.
In the 74th minute, NAU junior forward Carolyn Savage had a header attempt stopped by Stambaugh but the rebound came to teammate Corie McGuire. The Lumberjack senior fired a shot that looked to be goal-bound but was blocked by an Air Force defender and cleared from danger.
The Falcons would have one more quality scoring chance in the 85th minute, after a save by Rocke led to an Air Force corner kick. The corner from Patterson would be deflected straight up in the air in front of the NAU goal, and a wild scramble ensued before the ball was partially cleared and a shot from Falcon freshman Kaleigh Moses sailed high. Air Force would scramble for a final corner kick with the seconds winding down but could not get a shot away before the buzzer sounded and the Lumberjacks completed a hard-fought victory.
Weaver made three saves for her second-career victory while Rocke made one stop in relief. Stambaugh made six saves to keep her team close while Patterson led all players with four shots.
Northern Arizona returns to the field tomorrow for a 4 p.m. match with Southern Utah at Lumberjack Stadium.