Women's Soccer to Close Non-Conference Play Hosting San Francisco
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona (4-3-2) ends its non-conference schedule on Friday at 3 p.m. when they will host San Francisco (4-7-0) in a match up of two teams moving in opposite directions. NAU has recorded three-straight shutouts while not allowing a goal in 277 minutes and 4 seconds while USF has been shut out for five straight games and hasn't scored in 478 minutes and 28 seconds.
Live stats will be provided for the Lumberjacks game against San Francisco 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 San Francisco
The Dons began the season at 3-0, but since have gone just 1-7 and bring a five-game losing streak and scoring drought into Flagstaff. USF has only played two road games all season and will be making its first trip out of northern California this weekend. The Dons have lost by scores of either 1-0 or 2-0 in each of their last-five games.
Freshman forward Hannah Haanes leads the team with four goals while freshman midfielder Christina Moberg has three goals and two assists for the season. Noelle Salter and Heather Haney have split time in goal for the Dons, with Salter starting their last game against Washington last Sunday.
Northern Arizona and San Francisco have never met in women's soccer. The Dons will travel to Tucson to play at Arizona on Sunday.
Home Sweet Home
Despite the ongoing overhaul of Lumberjack Stadium, Northern Arizona has continued to enjoy great success on its home field. After falling to Arizona State, 4-3, in the season opener, the Lumberjacks have won three straight home games and have not allowed a single goal. Having played an equal number of home and road games, NAU is 3-1-0 at home at 0-2-2 on the road with one neutral site game so far this season.
NAU is averaging 2.25 goals per game at home compared to just 0.75 goals per game on the road while allowing a half a goal per game more away from Flagstaff. The Lumberjacks have out shot their opponents 63-46 at home while being out-shot 82-54 on the road, and have scored nine goals in Lumberjack Stadium and just three goals on enemy soil.
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 three straight wins and 5 of 8 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 NAU's 1-0 win over Air Force on Sept. 17, 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 the following day, giving her five assists in that four game stretch.
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.
Rocke Back on a Roll
After starting NAU's season opener and then recovering from a minor injury, junior goalkeeper Tori Rocke has returned to the Lumberjack goal and recorded three-straight shutouts (one shared). Her blank sheet in the Lumberjack's 2-0 win over Loyola Marymount last Sunday was her 13th career solo shutout, tying her with former Lumberjack Liz Winkelblech for the NAU career record. Since returning to the NAU goal in the last two-plus games, Rocke has made eight saves while not allowing a goal.
In addition to tying the career shutout record, Rocke is also the all-time leader among NAU goalies in career win percentage (.590), is third in program history in career saves (216), and is fifth in fewest goals against (62).
Awards and Accolades
For the second consecutive week, the Big Sky Conference selected NAU senior defender Kristi Andreassen as its Defensive Player of the Week for the period of September 20-26. Andreassen also won the award last week after scoring two game winning goals and helping NAU record a pair of shutouts. She is the only player in the conference to have received Player of the Week accolades more than once this season.
Andreassen played all 90 minutes at center back in the Lumberjacks 2-0 upset of Loyola Marymount, whose only two previous losses this season were to ranked teams. The senior from Tempe, Ariz. assisted on the game winning goal off a free kick that bounced off the goalkeeper and was finished by senior Brenna Boies. As a defender, she leads the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. She has played every minute on defense this season and is the leader of a Lumberjack defense that has recorded three straight shutouts and allowed only 12 goals in nine games this season
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.