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Soccer Looks to Continue Winning Ways Against Loyola Marymount

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Winners of three of their last four games, the Lumberjacks (3-3-2) welcome in Loyola Marymount (6-2-0) for their lone game this week on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Lumberjack Stadium. NAU has just two non-conference games remaining before opening Big Sky play on October 7.

Game Coverage

Live stats will be provided for the Lumberjacks game against Loyola Marymount with a link available on the women's soccer schedule page on nauathletics.com. Updates, recaps and video content will also be available on nauathletics.com and on the NAU Athletics fan page on Facebook.

Scouting Loyola Marymount

The Lions begin the week at 6-2-0, with their only losses coming against No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 16 Cal. LMU has posted shutouts in four of its six wins, having only allowed five total goals in eight games this season. In its last-five games, Loyola Marymount has outscored its opponents 7-1, with their only allowed goal coming against highly-ranked Notre Dame. 

Freshman forward Tawni Martino leads the team offensively in goals (5), points (11), shots (25), shots on goal (16) and game winning goals (2). Senior forward Julie Gallaudet leads the team with four assists, as LMU has outscored its opponents 13-5 this season. In goal, redshirt freshman Brittany Jagger has a 0.62 goals against average and .889 save percentage with four shutouts this season.

Loyola Marymount is 2-0 all-time against Northern Arizona, having hosted NAU in 1998 and last season, in which the Lions claimed a 3-0 victory in Los Angeles. The Lions will host Arizona on Friday afternoon before making the trip to Flagstaff.

Deja Vu

Through six games last season, NAU was 1-4-1 before riding a four-game winning streak into conference play and an eventual Big Sky Championship title. Through six games this season, the Lumberjack record was almost identical at 1-3-2, and with two wins last weekend and 6 of 9 remaining regular season games in Flagstaff, a similar script to 2009 could be in place.

NAU was 6-2-1 at home in 2009 and have the advantage of four home conference games this season as opposed to three Big Sky home contests a year ago.

The Helping Foot

In Friday's  1-0 win over Air Force, senior midfielder Brenna Boies broke the NAU career assist record with her 19th career assist. Her early helper against the Falcons broke the previous school record of 18 career assists originally set by Cee Cee Odorfer and equaled last year by Sarah Neatherton. Boies tied the school record with three assists this season against Cal State Fullerton, had two previous games in her career with two assists, and also led the Big Sky with eight assists in 2009. Boies would add a 20th career assist against Southern Utah on Saturday, giving her five assists in the last four games.

Boies isn't the only senior midfielder lending a helping hand, as fellow upperclassman Sam Monahan already has four assists in 2010. Monahan had two assists against Arizona State, her second-career two assist game, and single helpers against Arizona and USC. She finished with six assists in 2008 and now has 12 career assists, placing her in a tie for seventh all-time in program history. Boies and Monahan are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big Sky in assists this season.

The Weaver Wall

In six starts in goal for NAU this season, freshman netminder Lauren Weaver has impressed coaches and fans alike with her outstanding ball control and athleticism as the last line of defense for the Lumberjacks. In six games played, Weaver is third in the Big Sky in save percentage (.795), tied for third in saves per game (5.17), fourth in save percentage (.778) and fifth in goals against average (1.32).

She has allowed only one goal in three games this season and has made six or more saves on three occasions. She earned her first-career win against Cal State Fullerton and was named to the USC Trojan Invitational All-Tournament team after making several superb stops. She recorded a shared shutout on Friday against Air Force before leaving the game due to injury. She missed Saturday's game against Southern Utah but is expected to return to action soon.

Awards and Accolades

After scoring two game winning goals and anchoring a Lumberjack defense that posted two shutouts over the weekend, Northern Arizona senior defender Kristi Andreassen was named Big Sky Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the period of September 13 – September 19. A defender who has played every minute of the season thus far at center back, Andreassen has not only led the Lumberjacks defensively but is also the team leader in goals (5) and points (11) offensively. She ranks fourth in the Big Sky in both goals and points and is now seventh in NAU history with 14 career goals.

The Lumberjacks had four players named to the All-Tournament team for the USC Trojan Invitational: Seniors Brenna Boies and Kristi Andreassen, junior Jenna Samora and freshman Lauren Weaver. Boies tied a school record with three assists in the first game of the tournament against Cal State Fullerton while Andreassen had a goal in that game. Samora scored NAU's only goal against USC and totaled six shots for the weekend, and Weaver totaled 10 saves in two games and earned her first-career victory.

Northern Arizona returned seven players this season that received All-Big Sky honors in 2009. Junior forward Jenna Samora, senior defender Kristi Andreassen and senior midfielder Brenna Boies were named to the All-Big Sky First Team, while senior defender Tori Howe earned Second-Team honors. Receiving All-Big Sky Honorable Mention for the Lumberjacks were senior midfielders Sam Monahan, Brandy Carr and Corie McGuire.

She's Got CLASS

In addition to her All-American academic honors, senior defender Kristi Andreassen is now one of 30 women's soccer candidates nationwide for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to notable college seniors who excel in four categories: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities.

Of the 60 combined candidates for the men's and women's soccer awards, Andreassen is one of only two candidates to have maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA throughout her academic career. She is also one of just seven candidates to have been named as an Academic All-American in 2009 and is the only candidate from the Big Sky Conference. The class of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with ballots then sent nationally to media, coaches and fans, who will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online. The winners of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award will be announced during the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup championships in early December. 

On the field, Andreassen has had a stellar career as a two-time All-Big Sky first team selection. She enters the 2010 season in the top ten in career points, goals and shots at NAU. Off the field, she has maintained a 4.00 GPA while majoring in exercise science and is on track to graduate in three and a half years in December. She volunteered over 110 hours in 2009 at various physical therapy clinics in Flagstaff and Phoenix and will be attending physical therapy school after her graduation.

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