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Soccer Downed by Own Goal in Home Opener to Drake

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona soccer team made its 2011 home debut in front of a crowd of 723, but fell short of their first win of the season. With the game tied at 1-1 three minutes into the second overtime, freshman Jordan Bergeson deflected the ball into her own goal, giving Drake (2-1-0) a 2-1 win Friday night over the Lumberjacks (0-3-0).

"There was miscommunication between my back and my goalkeeper and we made one critical mistake," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We had plenty of opportunities though. It's the story of our season so far, we get chances and don't finish. It'll come though."

The Lumberjacks were on the attack from the onset, with senior Jenna Samora's shot hitting off the post seven minutes into the game. NAU controlled possession for the majority of the first half, only allowing Drake to get off two shots in the first 45 minutes.

Play would continue to be scoreless into the second half, but the Lumberjacks continued to apply the pressure only to come up short in large part to the play of Drake sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch. In the 77th minute though, the Lumberjacks finally broke through on senior Sam Monahan's first goal of the season on a free kick from 30 yards out.

Despite struggling to get any shots off against the Lumberjack defense, Drake found the equalizer ten minutes later on just their fourth shot of the match. Junior Laura Moklestad took a pass from senior Danielle Figliola and finished it past a sliding Lauren Weaver to knot the match at 1-1 in the 87th minute.

Following a scoreless first overtime period, the Bulldogs claimed victory in the 103rd minute. Moklestad centered the ball and Bergeson, in an effort to clear the ball away from the net, deflected it off the cross bar and in for an own goal.

Litch, made a career-high 10 saves, and only allowed the lone goal despite her team being outshot by a 17-7 margin. NAU also held the corner kick margin at 12-6. Samora led the Lumberjacks with five shots and senior Chelsea Bednarz had four. Both placed three on goal. Weaver, making her second start of the season, made two saves.

"Their keeper made great saves and kept them in the game," Luciano said. "Once they scored that first goal, you could see the change in energy. We pressed really hard though and we had a lot of opportunities, just couldn't finish it."

NAU returns to the field Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Northern Iowa. Northern Iowa fell to Southern Utah 2-1 earlier Friday in the opening game of the Mortenson Mountain Classic. Drake and Southern Utah will play a neutral site game prior to the Lumberjacks' match on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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