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NAU Soccer Hosts Montana and Eastern Washington

NAU Soccer Hosts Montana and Eastern Washington

Northern Arizona (7-4-2, 3-1-1 Big Sky) vs. Montana (9-5-0, 5-0-0 Big Sky)

Date: Friday, Oct. 17

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Flagstaff, Ariz. – Lumberjack Stadium

Live Stats

TV: Fox Sports Arizona Live: Direct TV: 686, Dish: 415, Cox: 34, 1034, Suddenlink: 25, 225

Northern Arizona vs. Eastern Washington (5-6-0, 2-3-0 Big Sky)

Date: Sunday, Oct. 19

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Flagstaff, Ariz. – Lumberjack Stadium

Live Stats

TV: Fox Sports Arizona: Direct TV: 686, Dish: 415, Cox: 34, 1034, Suddenlink: 25, 225

Game Notes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After having a seven-game unbeaten streaked snapped, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team started a new winning streak last week with wins on the road over North Dakota and Northern Colorado. The Lumberjacks will look to carry that momentum into their toughest home stand of the season against Montana and Eastern Washington.

NAU is coming off a thrilling 1-0 win in double overtime against Northern Colorado where junior forward Haley Wingender scored with 30 seconds left in the game to give NAU its first win ever at Northern Colorado. Northern Arizona is coming off a weekend scoring four goals in a weekend, the most in any two-game weekend this year. The Lumberjacks currently sit in third place in the Big Sky Conference and this week the Lumberjacks will face the Grizzlies who are in first place and the Eagles who sit in eighth place. These will be the first home games for the Lumberjacks in the month of October.

Series

Montana and Northern Arizona will meet for the 20th time as the Griz hold the 13-6-1 advantage. Last year the two met in Missoula, Mont. and Northern Arizona came out victorious 2-1 to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Championships. This will be the 18th meeting between NAU and Eastern Washington with NAU holding the 12-4-1 advantage. The Lumberjacks have not lost to the Eagles since 2004.

Coach Luciano Quote of the Week

"I think when you get to the midway point of the season, every game becomes critical and the margin for error is smaller for both teams. Montana is on a very good roll right now after a tough non-conference schedule that prepared them for conference. They are a good attacking team that is very well organized in their backline. They make it difficult to play against them but on the other hand, I know our team can rise to these types of games. We need to focus on the little things to prep for Friday's game. We will worry about Sunday's game after Friday night's match."

Scouting Montana

The Grizzlies currently sit in first place in the Big Sky Conference and have not lost a game in nearly a month. Montana's last lost was to Hawaii and since then, the Griz have allowed only two goals in their last five matches. The Griz are riding a five game-winning streak in the Big Sky with an undefeated record. Head coach Mark Plakorus has a lot of experience on his team as 15 players have played 10 games or more this year and leading the way is Hallie Widner who leads the Griz with 13 points this (5 goals, 2 assists). Ten different players have scored for Montana this season and its defense has been stellar recently posting 0.40 goals against average during conference games this year. Goalkeeper Kailey Norman has played every minute in goal for the Griz this season and has a 0.98 goals against average. Montana has not allowed a goal in its last two matches.

Scouting Eastern Washington

The Eagles currently sit in eighth place in the Big Sky Conference with a 2-3 record. They have alternated wins and losses during conference play this season. Before the Eagles travel to Flagstaff, they will first face Southern Utah on the road in Cedar City on Friday, Oct. 17. Eastern Washington has been very efficient on offense during conference play as it is are tied for scoring the most goals with nine and it ranks 10th in shots with 61. The Eagles have three players who have recorded double-digits in points this season in Cassie Black, Savannah Hoekstra and Chloe Williams. Leading the way in points is Black with five goals and four assists as the senior is fourth in the Big Sky Conference in points and goals. Goalkeeper Nathalie Schwery has played every minute in all 11 games for the Eagles this season with a 1.42 goals against average.

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