Northern Arizona (5-3-2, 1-0-1 Big Sky) at Idaho (2-9-0, 2-0-0 Big Sky)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 5
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Moscow, Idaho – Guy Wicks Field
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After going 1-0-1 in their first two Big Sky home games of the season, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team will now head out for their first conference game on the road against the University of Idaho. The Vandals are tied for first place in the Big Sky after a 2-0 start last week with wins over Northern Colorado and North Dakota.
The Lumberjacks went unbeaten at home in their first Big Sky home stand with a 1-1 tie against the defending regular season champions, Portland State, and a 1-0 win over Sacramento State. NAU has the longest current unbeaten streak in the Big Sky at seven; Aug. 28 was the last time the Lumberjacks lost a match. September was a good month for head coach Andre Luciano and his squad as the Lumberjacks went 5-0-1 without losing a single game the entire month. In the last six games, junior forward Haley Wingender has recorded a point. The Henderson, Nev. native also leads the Big Sky in game-winning goals with four.
This will be just the second meeting between Northern Arizona and the University of Idaho as the schools met back in 2003 in a 2-2 double overtime tie in Flagstaff. Sunday's match will be the first matchup between the two schools as both members of the Big Sky Conference.
Coach Luciano Quote of the Week
"I think it is a good opportunity for us to go on the road and try and pick up points against a conference opponent. I feel that Idaho is reaping the benefits of playing a tough non-conference schedule in terms of how they have been playing going forward. They have some dangerous players going forward and they have found a good rhythm at home so going on the road is never easy in conference. This is a new opponent for us so we have to be ready for the way they play and we look forward to the opportunity to try and gain some points on the road."
Although Idaho started the opening weekend of the Big Sky season in last place, the Vandals jumped all the way to a tie in first place with two wins over Northern Colorado and North Dakota. The Vandals are 2-9 overall this season, however their two wins came during their Big Sky schedule and are sitting atop the conference. Leading the Vandals in goals this season is reigning Big Sky Co-Offensive Player of the Week Kavita Battan with two goals this year and Battan is also tied for the leader in points this season for Idaho along with Alyssa Pease with four points. Idaho has scored just six goals this season but four of those goals have come in the past two games against Big Sky opponents. Idaho is second in the Big Sky in saves this season with 63 along with a 2.35 goals against average. In their last match against North Dakota they recorded their first shutout of the season.
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