Photo Courtesy of Sherry Post
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The Northern Arizona soccer team pressured the Air Force Academy backline all game, outshooting the Falcons by a 14-9 margin, but were unable to put one in the net. As a result, the Lumberjacks improved its record to 1-8-4 overall with a 0-0 double overtime draw against the Falcons in its final non-conference match of the season, Sunday morning at Cadet Soccer Stadium.
"I thought we played well enough to win, but two of our shots hit off the post and we missed a sitter in front of the goal in the second overtime," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We were organized, our backs played well and Lauren Weaver made a penalty kick save to keep us in the game. It seems like the same story to our season and now we're going to focus on Idaho State on Friday night."
The Lumberjacks got after the Falcons from the start with a corner kick by senior Sam Monahan, 1:04 minutes into the game. Freshman Diane Buzzard's header off the Monahan corner kick was saved by freshman Hannah Schwartz though. In the 35th minute, senior Jenna Samora's shot hit off the post, the first of two Lumberjack shots to hit off iron on the day. Overall, NAU held a 6-1 shot advantage over Air Force in the first half.
In the 52nd minute, the Falcons had its best opportunity to score on the day when Air Force senior Krystin Shanklin took a penalty kick in the 52nd minute. But Shanklin's shot was saved by Weaver, this coming a minute after Shanklin had another shot saved by the Lumberjack goalkeeper.
The Lumberjacks would have two more prime opportunities to net the game-winning score in the second overtime. Freshman Jordan Post's shot in the 104th minute hit off the crossbar, but the rebound came right to freshman Lindsay Olsen. Despite having an open net though, Olsen's shot went just wide of the goal.
Weaver made six saves for her second shutout of the season. Four Lumberjacks tallied multiple shot attempts with Samora and Monahan each posting three. Sophomore Elinor Priest and senior Ally Cwiekowski had two shots apiece.
The Lumberjacks resume Big Sky play on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium when they host Idaho State. It will be NAU's first home game since September 17.