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October 30, 2012

Foltz Headlines Four Lumberjacks on All-Big Sky Soccer Teams

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OGDEN, Utah – Senior Georgia Foltz closed out her remarkable career at NAU with a All-Big Sky First Team selection as announced by the Big Sky Conference on Tuesday. She was one of four Lumberjacks honored on the All-Conference teams as voted on by the conference head coaches, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players. Foltz's first team selection continues a string of 13 consecutive years in which the Lumberjacks have placed at least one player on the first team dating back to 2000.

Foltz was joined on the All-Conference teams by junior Lauren Weaver, sophomore Emily Roth and freshman Demi Schmieder, all of whom garnered All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selections. For Foltz and Weaver, it is their second All-Big Sky honors of their career, while Roth and Schmieder were honored for the first time of their young careers.

Foltz, an All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selection in 2010, was the Lumberjacks' rock this season as she played a team-high 1,794 minutes played out of 1,814 possible minutes. She was the only Lumberjack to start all 19 games and she played every minute in 18 of the 19 games in 2012. Foltz recorded one assist this season at San Francisco on Sept. 7 and totaled 14 shots, eight of which were on goal. Her .571 shot on goal percentage was the second-highest on the team of players with double-digit shot attempts.

However, Foltz made the biggest impact on the defensive backline as she helped the Lumberjacks record eight shutouts this season, six coming in conference play. The team captain anchored the defense as she did throughout her career since she assumed a starting role midway through her freshman season in 2008. Foltz, a fifth-year senior, finished her career with 79 matches played and 73 matches started which rank tied for second and tied for fourth respectively in school history.

Weaver earned her second consecutive All-Big Sky Honorable Mention selection after posting a remarkable junior season in which she appeared in 16 games with 14 starts. She posted career-bests in goals against average (1.16), save percentage (.841) and shutouts (seven total, six solo) in addition to making 90 saves. Weaver ranked in the top-five in the Big Sky in all goalkeeping statistical categories, but it was in conference play in which she stood out the most. In nine Big Sky games, Weaver notched all six of her solo shutouts while allowing just eight goals in 870:00 minutes. Her six conference shutouts led the Big Sky as did her 63 saves in conference play. Weaver posted three double-digit save games this season – a career-high 12 versus Portland State, 11 at Weber State and 10 versus Sacramento State – and allowed zero goals in those three games despite the Lumberjacks being outshot by a combined 64-31 margin.

Weaver finished the season ranked No. 40 in save percentage and No. 63 in saves among Division I goalkeepers. She will enter her senior season fourth all-time in NAU history with 226 saves, 97 shy of the school record.

After spending the bulk of her freshman season at defender, Roth played in all 19 games with 17 starts in the Lumberjack midfield. She totaled three points off one goal and one assist, which both came in her best game of her career to date at North Dakota on Oct. 12. In that game, Roth notched her first career goal just seconds before halftime off a blast from just inside midfield to give NAU a 1-0 lead. She would later assist on one of Schmieder's two goals in that game which the Lumberjacks would win 4-0. For the season, Roth totaled eight shots and three shots on goal to go with her three points.

Schmieder rounds out the NAU All-Conference players following a stellar debut season in which she led the Lumberjacks in goals (3), assists (4) and points (10). Schmieder played in 17 games and started 11 of them and served as NAU's top offensive option whether she was in the starting lineup or providing a spark off the bench. She became the first Lumberjack to score multiple goals in a game since 2010 when she netted two goals against North Dakota. Her 10 points tied her for eighth-best and her four assists tied her for third-best in the Big Sky. Schmieder finished the season with 21 shots, third highest on the team, and 16 shots on goal. Her .762 shots on goal average was the highest on the team.

The four All-Big Sky selections brings head coach Andre Luciano's total to 89 All-Conference honorees in his 12 seasons with the Lumberjacks.

Luciano on each of his four All-Conference players (in alphabetical order):

Georgia Foltz – Sr. – Defender

Luciano: "Georgia getting first-team is a fitting tribute for her to finish her career. She's an example of hard work and perseverance and she's a player that every future Lumberjack should emulate to be."

Emily Roth – So. - Midfielder

Luciano: "Emily showed a huge amount of growth over the span of the last year. I think her play displayed that this year. She's got a bright future ahead of her in a new position and I'm confident that she'll continue to blossom into an all-conference player in the upcoming years."

Lauren Weaver – Jr. – Goalkeeper

Luciano: "Lauren had a breakout year. I'm a little disappointed that she wasn't a first or second team selection based on her performances in the conference. I think this is going to fuel her fire in terms of continuing to improve. I know she's going to work extremely hard to get the recognition she deserves."

Demi Schmieder – Fr. - Freshman

Luciano: "Demi had a good year as a freshman. She came in and led us in goals, assists and points and that was a big honor for her. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her."