Lumberjacks Snag First Win of the 2015-16 Season

Lumberjacks Snag First Win of the 2015-16 Season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After nearly a 50 minute rain delay, Northern Arizona University women's soccer stuck it to the Alabama State Hornets in a 6-0 victory in Lumberjack Stadium. Six goals was just one shy of the Lumberjack Stadium record for most in a game, but it was the most scored since 2008 in a 9-1 victory over Embry-Riddle University.

"Sometimes it just takes players getting into a rhythm," Head Coach Andre Luciano said. "I thought our forwards and our midfield were very good tonight. With that said, it's a lot easier to score goals when you are confident in your back line."

The Lumberjacks move to 1-3-0 on the season and ASU drops to 0-3-1. For NAU, 27 players saw action in tonight's contest.  Northern Arizona outshot the Hornets, 22-3, with over half on goal at 14. Out of the Lumberjacks' six goals, senior forward Haley Wingender netted her second and third of the season moving her career total to 22. The remaining four came from senior midfielder Cierra Gamble, sophomore midfielder Brooke Evans, freshman forward Haleigh Van Allen and junior forward Lindsay Doyle. For Evans and Van Allen, it was both of their first career goals.

The first half was ignited with a thread-the-needle assist from sophomore forward Adrian Nixt to Gamble in the 15th minute of the game. Gamble headed the ball in, too quick for ASU's goalkeeper Gianna Guyot to make the play. Alabama State did not get a shot off until the 32nd minute of the first half, but redshirt junior goalkeeper Natalie Gilbertson made her lone save of the game. Her record moves to 1-3-0 on the season. Gilbertson recorded 49 minutes on the evening and was replaced by sophomore Meghan Dickmann ringing in one save and her first 25 minutes of the season.

Evans and Doyle were the other two Lumberjacks with goals in the first half. Sophomore defender Missy Kettelkamp assisted on the goal by Evans while Doyle maneuvered her way through a couple defenders to find the back of the net. Adding to Wingender's back-to-back goals in the second half, one assisted by sophomore forward Anna Goebel, was Van Allen with a soaring shot from nearly 35 yards back. She had one previous attempt five minutes into the second period – a nearly identical shot – but missed high.

"I think the key for us tonight was to get that monkey off our back not being able to score," Luciano said. "Lindsay Doyle's goal at the end of the first half really set the tone for the rest of the game."

Also recording some minutes for NAU tonight was redshirt junior defender Alexia Gonzalez. This was her first game back since her season-ending injury of the 2014-15 campaign. The game was called after approximately 75 minutes of play due to lightning.

Northern Arizona is back in Lumberjack Stadium Sunday, Sept. 6 with an 11 a.m. kick-off versus Oakland University.

Q&A with Senior Cierra Gamble
September 4, 2015 Q&A with Senior Cierra Gamble