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April 19, 2012

Soccer Hosts Arizona in Televised Spring Finale on Saturday

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona soccer team hosts the University of Arizona on Saturday in their spring season finale in front of a televised audience at Lumberjack Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Arizona starting at 11:30 a.m. in what will be the Lumberjacks' fourth and final game of their spring schedule. Admission is free for all fans.

"We have a great facility and playing UA is a huge rivalry for us, so we want to show we can compete with them," said senior defender Georgia Foltz on the Lumberjacks Weekly Podcast. "Losing such a big senior class can be detrimental to the team, but at the same time, the spring is a time when the younger girls step up and gain confidence and take on bigger roles. They're excited to do that."

The Lumberjacks have had a week off from spring competition after their game last week against Grand Canyon University was cancelled due to the snow that hit Flagstaff.

Head coach Andre Luciano has used the spring to work in the younger players on the team as the Lumberjacks will lose 12 graduating seniors from their 2011 squad. NAU does feature a pair of All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selections in freshman forward Sarah Tarver and sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Weaver, who headline nine returning freshmen and sophomores that started at least five games in the fall.

Thus far this spring, sophomore forward Elinor Priest leads the team with two goals, while Tarver and sophomore midfielder Jessica Kettelkamp each have scored one goal.

"We're extremely excited about this spring season after such a struggle in the regular season," Foltz said. "It's been a great bonding experience for the younger girls now that we're such a young team. They're really starting to grow. They've improved a lot already and taking on UA is going to be exciting."

Mitch Strohman, Sharon Falor and Marc Buckhout will call the action from Lumberjack Stadium. The game can be viewed on Fox Sports Arizona on DirecTV Channel 686, Dish Network Channel 365 HD and Channel 415 Standard, as well as standard cable packages throughout Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and southern Nevada. Fans can also watch the game live on Suddenlink Channel 4 and online on NAU-TV. The game will also be available to the national audience on tape-delay at 4 p.m. on Fox College Sports Pacific.