FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Down 1-0 late in the second half, senior Sam Monahan scored her second goal of the weekend and sixth of the season to tie the game, giving the Northern Arizona soccer team a 1-1 draw against Weber State, Sunday afternoon at Lumberjack Stadium. Monahan's goal in the 76th minute moved the Lumberjacks' record to 2-8-5 and 1-1-1 in the Big Sky.
"It was a tough, gritty game by both teams," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We had our chances in the first half and we didn't capitalize. Weber did a good job of getting numbers behind the ball. It's disappointing to not come away with a win, but both teams grabbed a point (in the conference). Now we have to focus on next weekend."
The Lumberjacks controlled the first half, possessing the ball for the majority of the half and pressuring the Wildcat defense. They outshot the Wildcats by a 10-2 margin, with senior Jenna Samora posting four first half shots, including a near goal in the 19th minute that was saved by a diving Ryann Waldman, Weber State's sophomore goalkeeper.
Both teams entered halftime squared at 0-0, and Weber State responded early in the second half, changing the game into their favor. The Wildcats' freshman Sarah Mager put Weber State on the scoreboard first, with a goal in the 59th minute past sophomore Lauren Weaver. The Lumberjacks, who only mustered up one shot on goal in the second half, made it count when Monahan put in the equalizer off a lead pass from freshman Diane Buzzard that sent the game into overtime.
The Wildcats nearly scored the game-winner late in the first extra period when Weaver punched forward a ball, which was then touched by a Wildcat. The ball rolled past Weaver and a handful of Lumberjack defenders, but slid just to the left of the net. Samora and Monahan both had opportunities to win the game for NAU, but Samora's shot sailed high of the goal in the 96th minute and Monahan's attempt went wide just 37 seconds before the end of the game.
Samora led the Lumberjacks with five shots on Sunday and Monahan added four. As a team, the Lumberjacks held a 16-12 advantage in shots. Weaver also made six saves, giving her 16 saves for the weekend, to anchor the NAU defense.
The overtime game on Sunday was the Lumberjacks seventh of the season, setting the new school record for overtime matches in a single season. The 13 total overtime periods is also a new school record. Both previous records were set in the 2007 season.
At the end of the second weekend of conference play, the Lumberjacks sit in a tie for sixth in the Big Sky with their 1-1-1 conference record. They will hit the road next weekend for a pair of road matches against Sacramento State and Portland State. Both the Hornets (2-1-0 BSC) and the Vikings (2-0-1) currently sit in the top four of the conference. The top four teams at the end of the season will advance to the Big Sky Conference Tournament.