FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona University Women's soccer team fell to the University of Arizona at Lumberjack Stadium with a final score of 4-0. Redshirt junior Natalie Gilbertson recorded four saves on the evening moving her career saves total to 148 in front of a school record crowd of 3,263 people.
The biggest attendance in Lumberjack Stadium prior to tonight's match was 2,207 against Arizona State in 2012. This marks the highest attendance number for women's soccer in the state of Arizona to date.
"The marketing crew did an unbelievable job, but really it's this university," Head Coach Andre Luciano said. "There's a lot of pride at Northern Arizona University right now in who we are as an institution. To have the U of A coaches come up to us and say this was the most unbelievable environment they've ever been in, it says something about tonight's turnout."
The Wildcats were hot out of the gates and attempted 14 shots on goal compared to NAU's five. Arizona's first goal, in the 10th minute of the game, came from junior Haley Silverberg and was assisted by sophomore forward Gabi Stoian, an All-Pac-12 Second Team selection last season. Arizona cashed in for one more goal in the first half by junior forward Paige Crouch. Two of Arizona's four goals came off throw-ins; a unique approach that the Lumberjacks have not seen a lot of.
"The fact that we have a ball being played 45 yards in the air inside of your six yard box, you have to win the first one and you have to try to win the second one," Luciano commented. "It is extremely difficult to play against that, but kudos to them."
The Lumberjacks are back in action this Sunday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. as they look to bounce back and grab their first win of the 2015 campaign against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.