Soccer Breaks Consecutive Shutout Records in 2-0 win at Weber State
OGDEN, Utah – The Lumberjacks established new program records with their sixth-straight shutout and a school record 529 minute and 35 second shutout streak in a 2-0 win over Weber State on Saturday in Ogden. Northern Arizona, which got first half goals from senior Kristi Andreassen and junior Chelsea Bednarz, improved to 6-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 in the Big Sky while Weber State fell to 1-12-1 and 0-1-1 in conference.
Northern Arizona, which has not allowed a goal since the 82:56 mark against USC on September 12, surpassed the previous school record of five consecutive shutouts set in 2007. The Lumberjacks also surpassed the previous opponent scoreless streak of 513:53, also set in 2007, when Saturday's game hit the 74:19 mark with a zero in the opponent score column.
The Lumberjacks put three early shots on the board before Weber State had its first attempt stopped by NAU junior goalkeeper Tori Rocke in the 17th minute. Less then four minutes later, the Lumberjacks would net the first goal of the game. Andreassen attempted a free kick from 35 yards out, beating Weber State goalkeeper Ryann Waldman for her team-leading sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 NAU lead.
NAU added to its lead in the 27th minute. Junior Ashley Marrapode sent a cross from the right side into the Weber State box, finding Bednarz for a header into the Wildcat goal to double the NAU lead. Each team would only attempt one shot for the remainder of the half to give NAU a 2-0 lead at the break.
Weber State came out firing in the second half, but a combination of blocked shots by the defense and two second-half saves by Rocke maintained the blank sheet. Weber State's Jessie Baddley nearly scored on a shot off the crossbar with 15 seconds remaining, but the Lumberjacks would hold on for the shutout and their first conference win of the season.
The Wildcats held a 10-3 shot advantage in the second half and out-shot NAU 13-9 for the game despite being held scoreless. Rocke totaled four saves for her sixth straight shutout (one shared) and extended her NAU career shutout record to 16 solo shutouts while Waldman made five stops for Weber State. Each team only attempted two corner kicks in the contest.
Northern Arizona plays four of its five remaining conference games at home, starting next Friday against Sacramento State at 3 p.m. in Lumberjack Stadium.