Womens Soccer Loses Lead Again, Ties New Mexico State 1-1
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – NAU junior Carolyn Savage scored her first goal of the season, but for the second-consecutive game the Lumberjacks were unable to hold on to an early lead in an eventual 1-1 tie against New Mexico State. Northern Arizona is now 0-2-2 for the season while New Mexico State moved to 2-1-2.
The Aggies had a chance to score early, as freshman Kristen Powers hit the crossbar just past the five minute mark. NAU got its first chance in the seventh minute as junior Jenna Samora had a try denied by New Mexico State freshman goalie Mikaela Bitner. The teams would trade unsuccessful corner kicks into the final minute of the first half, when the Lumberjacks would finally crack the ice.
After a foul was called on New Mexico State, NAU senior Kristi Andreassen sent a ball onto the left side of the box. The feed found Savage, who was able to fire past Bitner to give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Aggies came out strong in the second half, forcing Lumberjack freshman goalkeeper Lauren Weaver to make a pair of saves in the opening three minutes of the second stanza. Aggie sophomore Crystal Burns hit the crossbar in the 53rd minute, and the home team would continue on the attack until finally finding the equalizer in the 65th minute. A feed from Burns found sophomore Yolanda McMillion on the right side of the box, and her shot over Weaver and into the NAU net would knot the score at 1-1.
Northern Arizona would have a flurry of scoring chances with four shots and a corner kick during a three minute period into the 76th minute but could not find a go-ahead goal. The Aggies' McMillion would hit the crossbar and Weaver would deny NMSU's Mary Kate Koziol in the final minute of regulation to send the game to overtime.
NAU's Samora and freshman Alana D'Onofrio would attempt the only shots in the first overtime as the game would be extended into a second extra session. The Lumberjacks would also have a 4-0 shot advantage in the second overtime, and were playing a man up after New Mexico State's Nina Yanes was given a second yellow card in the 97th minute, but were unable to find a winner as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
New Mexico State held a 22-19 shot advantage for the contest, paced by Burns with four shots. NAU was led in shots by senior Sam Monahan with six tries while Weaver made a career-high nine saves in the contest. The Lumberjacks had a 6-0 shot advantage in the two overtimes but could not find the back of the net.
The Lumberjacks head to Los Angeles next weekend for a pair of games, opening with a neutral site contest against Cal State Fullerton next Friday at 1 p.m.