GREELEY, Colo. – An early Northern Colorado goal put the Northern Arizona soccer team in a 1-0 hole and the Lumberjacks were unable to climb out of it, dropping its Big Sky opener 2-0 to the Bears Friday night at Jackson Stadium. Junior Alexsys Tamayo and sophomore Brittany Dunn provided the game's scoring for the Bears.
"We got punished for our one or two mistakes," said head coach Andre Luciano. "I thought Lauren Weaver made the saves she was supposed to and they scored two good goals on us. We keep getting punished for making little mistakes and at the end of the day, we're missing PKs and we have plenty of opportunities to score goals. We're just not capitalizing on those. We still have six conference games to go."
After an even first 10 minutes of the game with both teams exchanging a shot apiece, the Bears controlled possession of the ball for most of the first half, outshooting the Lumberjacks by a 9-5 margin. Yet the Lumberjacks found themselves down just 1-0 going into halftime, off Tamayo's first goal of the season into the upper left corner of the goal in the 26th minute.
In the second half, just minutes after senior Jenna Samora's header went wide right of the goal, Dunn provided the Bears with an insurance goal in the 58th minute from 18 yards out. The Lumberjacks tried to rally to find the back of the net, but several opportunities went high or wide of the goal.
NAU received a prime opportunity in the 79th minute to slice the Bear lead in half following a Northern Colorado hand ball in the box, but senior Chelsea Bednarz's penalty kick sailed wide left of the goal. The Lumberjacks attempted three more shots the rest of the game, but could not connect.
For the game, the Lumberjacks were outshot 16-14, despite holding a 9-7 advantage in the second half. Samora had four shots to lead the team while Bednarz and sophomore Jordan Stenger had three and two shot attempts respectively. Weaver made four saves in goal in the defeat.
The loss dropped NAU's record to 1-8-3 this season and 0-1-0 in conference. They play the final of a season-long four consecutive road matches with their final non-conference tilt against Air Force at the USAF Academy on Sunday at 10 a.m.