Soccer Heads to Sacramento State and Portland State
Northern Arizona (6-3-3 Big Sky) vs. Sacramento State (6-5-2 Big Sky)
Date: Friday, Oct. 11
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Site: Sacramento, Calif. – Hornet Field
Northern Arizona vs. Portland State (7-4-1 Big Sky)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Portland, Ore. – Hillsboro Stadium
For Sacramento State
For Portland State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - With last week's win over the defending Big Sky champions, Idaho State, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team has surpassed last year's win total. Northern Arizona has six wins on the year with six matches remaining left in the season. The Lumberjacks are currently in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference trailing Idaho State, Sacramento State, Weber State and Portland State. The Lumberjacks have also scored 17 goals this compared to last year, the Lumberjacks scored 15 goals the entire season. It will be a tough road trip for the Lumberjacks as Portland State and Sacramento State share a combine record of 6-1-1 in Big Sky Conference play.
This will be the 18th meeting between Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks are 9-7-2 against the Hornets but have not defeated Sacramento State in three years. This will also be the 18th meeting between Northern Arizona and Portland State with NAU posting a 10-4-4 record against the Vikings. The last two meetings between the Lumberjacks and the Vikings have both ended in ties.
Scouting Sacramento State
Sacramento State has started off very well in conference play with a 2-1-1 record and currently sit in third place in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets have scored five goals in conference, while only allowing two goals in 380 minutes of play. The Hornets are led by sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson who has seven goals this season. Anderson is in second place in the Big Sky with 15 points this season trailing only Portland State's Eryn Brown, who they face after Sacramento State. The Hornets are just one win away from matching last year's Big Sky win total of three wins. Like Northern Arizona, they have already surpassed last season's overall win total with six matches remaining in the season. Defense has been a reason for the Hornets success this season as they are tied second in the Big Sky in shutouts this season with five.
Scouting Portland State
Portland State could not have asked for a better start to its Big Sky season starting 4-0. Junior forward Eryn Brown is leading the conference in points with 17 (6 goals, 5 assists). Sophomore forward Cori Bianchini is also off to a good start with three goals and four assists for a total of 10 points. The Vikings lead the Big Sky Conference in points this season with 63; the Lumberjacks are in second place with 50. They also lead the conference in goals scored, assists and shutouts. Portland State went into the season tied to finish in first place along with Idaho State in the Big Sky preseason poll.
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