FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona soccer team outshot its opponent for the second straight game, but still dropped their fourth consecutive match of the season, a 3-2 overtime decision to Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon at Lumberjack Stadium. It was also the second straight game that the Lumberjacks took a one-goal lead into the final ten minutes of regulation, only to surrender the game-tying goal.
"I thought we dominated for most of the game," said head coach Andre Luciano. "One mental mistake cost us at the end. I told my girls it's going to be 'us versus the world this year,' and that's how we like it. We're just going to have to battle through adversity. The key is that we're getting better every single game; we just have to learn how to finish it off."
Senior Sam Monahan got NAU on the scoreboard first with her second goal of the weekend in the 31st minute. Senior Jenna Samora sent a lead pass to senior Katie Tribbey in the right corner, before Tribbey crossed it to Monahan for the goal. The goal gave the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.
The Panthers tied the game just four minutes into the second half when sophomore Claire Clark sent in a rebound past junior Natasha Slaughter, following a shot by freshman Caitlyn Fuller.
In the 54th minute, freshman Sarah Tarver put the Lumberjacks ahead 2-1 after sophomore Jennifer Beaudoin's initial shot was blocked. Tarver received the ricocheted ball and sent it off the hands of UNI senior goalkeeper Lauren Potzman into the goal for her second goal of the season.
The Lumberjacks held the 2-1 lead into the 82nd minute, until junior Ashley Capone netted her first of two goals on the day. Fuller recorded her second assist of the game on a cross to Capone, who headed it in for the equalizer that sent the game into overtime.
Senior Ashley Marrapode presented NAU with its best scoring opportunity of the extra period, but her shot was stopped by Potzman in the 92nd minute. Capone's game-winner came four minutes later, despite a questionable offsides call that was not called on the field.
"The ending of the game took away from the first 90 minutes," Luciano said. "But give Northern Iowa credit; they played hard and won the game. We're a good team and we just haven't hit our stride yet."
NAU outshot the Panthers by a 23-11 margin, including 16-6 in the second half and overtime period. Monahan and senior Chelsea Bednarz each posted a team-high four shots, and 11 different Lumberjacks recorded at least one shot. The game also had a physical tone with 27 combined fouls and two yellow cards, one by each team.
The loss dropped the Lumberjacks' season record to 0-4 and they will travel to the Midwest next weekend in search of their first win when they take on Missouri and Nebraska. NAU has never faced either team previously in school history.