SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Jenna Samora's third goal of the season in the 25th minute gave the Northern Arizona soccer team a 1-0 lead, but it was short-lived, as Sacramento State responded with a goal a minute later. In the end, the Lumberjacks played their eighth overtime match of the season Friday night, and came away with a 1-1 draw with the Hornets. The tie was the team's sixth this season, and improved their conference record to 1-1-2.
Sacramento State came out of the gates with an offensive barrage of attacks, totaling six shots, three on goal, and five corner kicks in the game's first 21 minutes. But the Lumberjacks were able to withstand the early Hornet pressure, and Samora capitalized on the team's first opportunity of the game. Senior Sam Monahan led a two-on-two break and found Samora on the right wing. Samora then shot it across the goal into the far side of the net for the Lumberjacks' brief 1-0 advantage.
Following a shot attempt by senior Chelsea Bednarz, the Hornets quickly found the equalizer on senior Caitlin Pulver's fourth goal of the season, just a minute and 20 seconds after Samora's score.
The game would remain tied into the second half, and despite several Lumberjack scoring chances, NAU headed into yet another overtime game. Samora and fellow seniors Ally Cwiekowski and Katie Tribbey all had shots on goal in the second half, but were denied by Sacramento State's senior goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie.
After recording zero shot attempts in the first overtime period, the Lumberjacks placed two shots on goal, both by Samora, in the second overtime, but again were stuffed by Abercrombie.
The Lumberjacks were outshot 19-10 for the game, but just 9-7 after the first half. Sophomore Lauren Weaver narrowly missed out on her third double-digit save game of the season, making nine saves to limit the Hornets offense to just the one goal. Despite being outshot, the Lumberjacks placed eight of its 10 shots on goal, the most shots on goal they've had in a game since September 11. The .800 shots on goal percentage was a season-high. Samora had a team-high four shots, all coming on frame, to lead the NAU offense.
With the tie, the Lumberjacks moved into fifth place in the conference with five points, two points behind Sacramento State and Portland State. NAU heads to Portland, Ore. on Sunday for a crucial match with Portland State at 1 p.m, as they look to claw their way into the top four in the Big Sky. The Vikings dropped their first conference match of the season on Friday to Northern Colorado, 1-0.