McGuire Leads Womens Soccer to 2-1 Upset of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Junior Corie McGuire scored twice,
including the game winning goal on a penalty kick in the 72nd
minute, as NAU rallied for a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated
New Mexico. The Lumberjacks won their fourth-consecutive game to
improve to 5-4-1 on the season while the Lobos dropped to
New Mexico dominated action early, recording five shots before NAU’s first, and only, shot attempt of the first half was recorded by junior Kristi Andreassen in the 22nd minute.
The Lobos would gain an early lead just two minutes later. Passes from senior Jess Quador and sophomore Jael Fanning found defender Zaneta Wyne five yards from the goal. The sophomore was able to beat NAU goalkeeper Tori Rocke, who stopped the other five shots she faced in the opening half, to give New Mexico a 1-0 lead they would take to the break.
After recording just one shot in the first half, NAU got an early try just 29 seconds into the second half by junior Brandy Carr that was stopped by Lobo goalkeeper Kelli Cornell. 14 minutes later, Carr would set up the equalizer for the visitors, sending a cross to McGuire. The junior collected the ball and fired past Cornell for her first goal of the season and a tied score.
The Lobos went on the attack, trying to regain the lead, but Rocke and the NAU defense were up to the task. Instead, it was the Lumberjacks that took an improbable lead in the 72nd minute. 50 seconds after a header by Carr was blocked, Northern Arizona was awarded a penalty kick. McGuire stepped up and buried the try to give the Lumberjacks their first lead of the game.
New Mexico would attempt five more shots through the end of regulation but did not get another try on goal as Northern Arizona held on for a dramatic victory.
“This was a gutsy performance, in a tough environment, against a very good team. New Mexico is very well coached and this is always a tough place to play,” said proud head coach Andre Luciano after the game. “It wasn’t pretty, but well take the win. Corie McGuire was outstanding again in a starting role and Tori Rocke was phenomenal in goal.”
The Lumberjacks are 4-0 since Luciano inserted McGuire into the starting lineup against Embry-Riddle. Her two goals were her first scores of the season and represented the third time this season that a Lumberjack has scored twice in a game.
NAU allowed a season-high 28 shots while putting just five attempts on goal, making their opportunities count. Rocke made a season-high seven saves in the victory while Cornell made just two saves while allowing two goals. Lobos’ leading scorer Jennifer Williams attempted an astounding nine shots, but put only two on goal, while Carr and McGuire each attempted two shots. After taking 30 corner kicks in the last three games, NAU attempted just two corners while allowing eight to the Lobos.
Northern Arizona will put its winning streak on the line again Sunday at Arizona State at 1 p.m., the final non-conference game of the season.