FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University women's soccer team is coming off an unbeaten Big Sky opening weekend with a win over Portland State and tie versus Sacramento State. Now 4-5-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play, Head Coach Andre Luciano and the Lumberjacks are set for another Big Sky showdown in Ogden, Utah against the Wildcats of Weber State on Friday, Oct. 30.
"Weber State is probably one of our biggest rivals historically speaking," Luciano said. "Their coaching staff does a great job with their players every single year. For us, we've done a great job over the last few games generating shots and goals. Now we have to start cleaning up the number of goals we allow, especially in the second half."
-Dickmann recently made her way into the NAU record books as she now has 86 career saves (ninth) with 45 of them coming in 2016.
-As of Sept. 26, junior forward Adrian Nixt is tied for fourth in the country and tied for first in the Big Sky in game-winning goals (four) this season.
-Nixt now has seven career game-winning goals, which is tied for fourth in program history. She is also on the cusp of breaking into NAU's Top 10 in career points (33) and recently cracked the top 10 (tied for ninth) in career goals with 13.
-Seven different Lumberjacks have scored for NAU this season: Mei-Te Coco (sophomore), Malia Lyken (freshman), Anna Goebel (junior), Amanda Bennett (freshman), Riley Porter (junior), Lindsay Doyle (senior) and Nixt (junior).
-Dating back to 1997, NAU is 17-21-43 in overtime games. The highest number of overtime games in a single season came in 2011 with nine. This year, the Lumberjacks have already had four overtime games, posting a 2-0-2 record compared to last season's 1-2-4 overtime record.
-Northern Arizona has never won more than two overtime games in a season. The last time the 'Jacks won two overtime games was in 2014.
Date: Friday, Sept. 30
Time: 2:30 p.m. MST
The Wildcats are 3-5-1 on the season including a 1-1 clip in Big Sky play with a 2-0 win over North Dakota but falling to the defending Big Sky Champions Northern Colorado. Weber State and the Lumberjacks share four common opponents in Grand Canyon, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Air Force. Both teams beat New Mexico State, tied New Mexico in double overtime and lost to Air Force. While NAU lost to GCU, the Wildcats walked away with a 2-0 win.
"Weber State is a possession-oriented team that likes to get forward with numbers," Luciano said. "We have to be cognizant of that. They are just as young as we are, maybe even younger, so I think it will come down to the team that makes the least amount of mistakes."
With two goals and two assists, WSU's Morgan Quamberg has led the way for the Wildcats this season. Weber State also returns senior midfielder Chansi Crompton, a three-time All-Big Sky selection, and sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Pittman. The last time NAU earned a road win at Weber State was in 2012, but tied them in Ogden in 2014. The all-time series record between the two squads is 7-13-2 in Weber State's favor. While NAU currently has a three-game unbeaten streak, the Wildcats have won just one of their last five games.
It's no secret that the 'Jacks graduated a bulk of their starters including four All-Big Sky selections from 2015. But with change, comes new opportunity. With seniors like Dani Muniz and Lindsay Doyle, as well as redshirt junior Missy Kettelkamp, there still is no shortage of experience for NAU.
Muniz appeared in all 19 games last season at defender while Doyle appeared in 18. At forward, Doyle strung together a solid junior season scoring four goals – tied for second on the team with Adrian Nixt – and two assists for 10 points. Kettelkamp, too, brings a strong mix of experience to the table after proving in 2015 she can defend and put the ball in the back of the net.
Given that 26 players of NAU's 36-player roster are underclassmen, the growth ahead is inevitable. With 15 freshmen aboard the Lumberjack train – 12 newcomers and three redshirts – Luciano and his squad are bound and determined to use what's in front of them as an advantage. Without any one, star player to rely on, Luciano summed up his expectations for this year's team in one word: united.