TEMPE, Ariz. – Despite only allowing one goal in the first half, the Northern Arizona soccer team dropped a 7-0 decision to Arizona State in both teams' season opener Friday night at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils put up 28 shots compared to one from the Lumberjacks, who were held without a shot in the second half and did not place a shot on goal.
"There was nothing much to be positive about this game in terms of how we played," said head coach Andre Luciano. "ASU dominated us everywhere on the field. Obviously we're young and we've got a lot to replace this season."
ASU junior Jasmine Roth got the Sun Devils going with a goal in the sixth minute, but the Lumberjacks staved off further first half scoring. The Sun Devils got off 14 shots in the game's first 45 minutes, but sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Weaver made five saves to keep NAU within a goal heading into halftime.
In the second half though, the Sun Devils tacked on six goals to put the game out of reach. The seven goals scored by ASU matched the most the Lumberjacks have allowed in a single match in school history. The last time NAU allowed seven goals in a match was at Portland in 2008.
Eight Sun Devils recorded a point, with junior Sierra Cook and freshman Alexandra Doller scoring two goals apiece.
Senior Sam Monahan attempted NAU's only shot of the game in the 44th minute off a corner kick by senior Georgia Foltz. It was just the second time in school history that the Lumberjacks managed just one shot in a game and the first time since 2000. Junior Natasha Slaughter replaced Weaver in the second half and made three saves in her first game action in nearly two years, but also allowed four goals.
The Lumberjacks will aim for a split of their season opening road trip when they travel to Cedar City, Utah to face Southern Utah on Sunday. The Thunderbirds also dropped their season opener tonight at home against Idaho State, 2-0.