PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Senior Kristi Andreassen and juniors Jenna Samora and Chelsea Bednarz each scored twice as Northern Arizona rolled past Embry-Riddle, 7-1, in an exhibition game Saturday evening in Prescott. The match was the lone exhibition contest for the Lumberjacks, who will host Arizona State next Friday, August 20, at 4 p.m. to open the regular season.
"I thought our finishing was good, but there's still a lot of work to do and facing Arizona State will be a whole different beast," said head coach Andre Luciano. "The result was indicative of our ability to possess the ball. We just have to clean some things up and increase our speed of play a little bit. Overall it was a good performance and it was nice to get out there and face some real competition."
Bednarz, a junior transfer from Santa Clara, opened the scoring in the 8th minute, finishing a feed from senior Sam Monahan along the Embry-Riddle goal line. 10 minutes later, the Lumberjacks would strike again off a corner kick. Senior Brenna Boies sent the corner into the goal moth and found Andreassen for a header into the Eagle goal for a 2-0 lead.
The game featured three 30 minute periods, and NAU would tack on a third goal just 14 seconds into the second stanza. Bednarz made a run down the right side of the field off the kickoff, blasting a shot from 20 yards out off the left post and into the Embry-Riddle net. The Lumberjacks scored again just over two minutes later, as senior Corie McGuire had a point-blank shot stopped by Embry Riddle goalkeeper Ciarra Pederson but NAU freshman Rebecca Berry was in position to put home the rebound to make the score 4-0. The Eagles would net their lone goal in the 41st minute off a corner kick, with Whitney Desmarais finishing the play with a shot to the bottom-right corner of the Lumberjack goal.
In the third period, Boies and Andreassen would connect for a second time off a corner kick to extend the Lumberjack lead to 5-1. Samora would put away a long shot in the 74th minute and would conclude the scoring with another goal in the 79th minute to complete a final tally of 7-1.
NAU held a 28-5 shot advantage for the game, with junior goalkeeper Kendra Teesdale recording two saves for the win. Bednarz finished with a game-high seven shots with Samora notching six attempts. Desmarais and Samantha Welch each had two shots to pace the Eagles, who have now been out-scored by NAU 22-3 over the last-four seasons, though Saturday's contest was the first exhibition game between the schools.
The Lumberjacks now set their sites on hosting Arizona State next Friday in a match between 2009 NCAA Tournament participants. The Sun Devils claimed a 4-0 win over NAU last season in 100 degree heat in Tempe. Admission and parking are free for Friday's contest and all 2010 Northern Arizona home games at Lumberjack Stadium.