CEDAR CITY, Utah – The Northern Arizona women's soccer team kicked off its Big Sky schedule in Cedar City to take on Southern Utah. The Lumberjacks were down twice in the match and fought back in regulation to force the game into overtime. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Sherwin scored with only two minutes left in double overtime to give the Lumberjacks the 3-2 win in double overtime.
"Andre (Luciano) always tells us to stay in the game and stay focused," said Sherwin. "I did not play the whole half and I subbed in ready to play. Shawnee (Morgan) was able to lay the ball of for me and I saw the goalie off her line so I was able to get the ball pass her."
Sherwin's goal was from 40 yards out and she was able to get the ball over the goalie to give the Lumberjacks their first win in conference play.
"Nicole was on the field for 15 seconds and her first touch was a goal," said head coach Andre Luciano. "She is such a smart player and she had a great shot from 40 yards out."
Southern Utah was first to get on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute when Sabrina Hernandez scored but in less than a minute after the goal, the Lumberjacks responded with a goal from sophomore forward Haley Wingender to tie the game at 1-1. The Thunderbirds reclaimed the lead in the 63rd minute off a goal from Nancy Brich and gave Southern Utah the 2-1 lead.
Again, Northern Arizona refused to quit and fought back to get back into the game. Freshman forward Lindsay Doyle continues to make an impact in her first season with Lumberjacks scoring in the 66th minute to tie the game at 2-2. Doyle and Wingender now lead the team in goals with three this season.
"It is a testament to their will because whenever we are down, we always keep fighting and we keep coming back," said Luciano.
The Thunderbirds were able to apply pressure on Northern Arizona's defense putting up 16 shots with 10 of them being on goal. The Lumberjacks offensive attack was also able to get 10 shots up with six of them on goal.
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Weaver was solid in front of the net with nine saves and did not allow a goal in the last 45 minutes of play. With the win, the Lumberjacks match last year's win total of five with eight games left in the season.
The Lumberjacks will head back to Flagstaff and prepare for their first Big Sky home stand against Weber State and Idaho State who was picked to finish first in the conference.