Northern Arizona (7-5-3, 3-2-2 Big Sky) at Weber State (5-11-0, 2-5-0 Big Sky)
Date: Friday, Oct. 24
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Ogden, Utah – Wildcat Soccer Field
Northern Arizona at Idaho State (6-7-1, 3-3-1 Big Sky)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Pocatello, Idaho – Davis Field
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's soccer team will look to have a bounce back weekend on the road as they face Weber State and Idaho State. The Lumberjacks will start its road trip in Ogden, Utah to face the defending Big Sky Champions in the Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 24, and then will close out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 26, in Pocatello, Idaho for a matchup against the Bengals.
The Lumberjacks dropped to fifth place in the Big Sky Conference standings after being in third place last week before a 0-1-1 weekend at home against Montana and Eastern Washington. After the 0-0 draw against Montana last week, Northern Arizona continues to lead the Big Sky in shutouts this season at eight. Goalkeeper Natalie Gilbertson ranks 15th in Division I in goals against, which currently stands at 0.50. As a squad, the Lumberjacks' defense ranks 59th in the country allowing 0.812 goals per contest.
Northern Arizona and Weber State will be meeting for the 22nd time as Weber State has won the last two matchups facing NAU. The last time these two schools met was in the Big Sky Championships Quarterfinals, which Weber State won 3-0. This will be the 19th meeting between Idaho State and NAU with an even 8-8-2 all-time record against the Bengals. The home team has won the last three matches between the two schools; last year NAU defeated the Bengals 2-1 in Flagstaff.
Coach Luciano Quote of the Week
"Whether you are at home or on the road, every game in conference is a challenge. Weber State is the defending conference champions and they will remain the defending conference champions until a new champion is declared so are mindset going into the game is that we are facing the defending champions. They are a good attacking team and historically have done very well at home with one of the nicest facilities in the conference so our team is looking forward to play on a quality pitch against a good team. Idaho State is going to be a difficult opponent for three things: Number one, Amanda Ellsworth is a handful and in my 14 years here, she is one of the best forwards I have ever seen play in the conference. Number two, Davis Field is one of the toughest places to play in conference and number three it is Senior Day so I know that they will be emotionally charged to play well on an emotional day. They will be a good challenge for us."
Scouting Weber State
The defending Big Sky Champions are coming off an impressive win over Idaho to pick up their second win of the season in conference play as the Wildcats defeated the Vandals 3-2 in double overtime. Reigning Big Sky Offensive MVP Mackenzie Harrison continues to impress this season as she leads the Wildcats in points with 14 including four goals and a team-high six assists. In conference play, Weber State has scored eight goals and the only player with more than one goal is Mackenzie Peck who has scored two goals and an assist for a total of five points. The Wildcat defense has given up at least one goal in six of their seven conference matches and in goal head coach Tim Crompton has been splitting time between Danielle MacKay and Sydnie Stokes. MacKay has played 824 minutes and has a 1.97 goals against average while Stokes has a 2.57 goals against average in 630 minutes of play.
Scouting Idaho State
The Bengals are lurking behind Northern Arizona in the Big Sky standings as they currently sit in eighth place but have the same amount of wins as NAU does in the Big Sky (3). Idaho State has two of the biggest threats on offense in senior Amanda Ellsworth and freshman Maria Sanchez. Ellsworth has led the Big Sky all year in points (26) and goals (12) while Sanchez is third in the Big Sky in points (17) and is tied for third in goals (6). Sanchez leads the Big Sky in shots per game at 3.5 on a team that is first in the conference in shots this season with 228. Idaho State has scored the most goals in the Big Sky this season with 26 and out of the 26 goals scored, Ellsworth and Sanchez have accounted for 18 of those goals. The Bengals' defense is allowing 2.43 goals per game and head coach Allison Gibson has played three different goalkeepers this season. Playing the majority minutes between the posts is Sheridan Hapsic with a 2.22 goals against average this season but has improved in the Big Sky allowing 1.48 goals per contest.
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