Soccer Pressures Evansville Defense in 0-0 Tie

Soccer Pressures Evansville Defense in 0-0 Tie

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Although the Northern Arizona soccer team pressured the Evansville backline time after time, the Lumberjacks could not find the back of the net and settled for their second tie of the weekend, 0-0, Sunday afternoon at Lumberjack Stadium. NAU attempted 28 shots, 11 on goal, to the Purple Aces' four shots, including 18-2 in the second half and overtime periods.

"The team has a sense of urgency to win a game," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We're not a bad team; we're just a young team. Even though we have 13 seniors, not a lot of them have played big minutes for us over the past couple years. I'll take the blame as the coach. The players are working hard; we're just a bit unlucky."

After dominating the first half but still locked up in a scoreless tie, the Lumberjacks jumped on the attack again in the second half, but could not capitalize on their scoring chances. Sophomore Shawnee Morgan missed a shot high right in front of the goal in the 74th minute and senior Sam Monahan's shot in the 75th minute hit the crossbar.

In the waning minutes of regulation, seniors Jenna Samora and Chelsea Bednarz both missed their chances at the game-winning goal and the Lumberjacks were headed to their second consecutive overtime game.

The Lumberjacks received one more prime opportunity to claim its first win of the season, but Monahan's shot in the 105th minute ultimately sailed high.

In addition to outshooting the Purple Aces, the Lumberjacks also held the 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. Monahan tied her career-high with seven shots to lead 11 different Lumberjacks who attempted a shot. Both Monahan and Tribbey placed three shots on goal.

Sophomore Lauren Weaver wrapped up her weekend with her first shutout of the season, making three saves. Weaver totaled 202 minutes and 12 seconds in goal this weekend and allowed zero goals while making 14 saves.

The Lumberjacks conclude their season-long three game homestand on Saturday night at 7 p.m. when Embry-Riddle visits Lumberjack Stadium. The game will be televised live courtesy of NAU-TV on Fox College Sports Pacific to a national audience.