FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – With a final score of 2-1, the Northern Arizona University women's soccer team fell to the University of Northern Colorado tonight (Oct. 9) in an overtime heartbreaker in Lumberjack Stadium. Sophomore defender Missy Kettelkamp, off a pass from senior forward Haley Wingender, nailed the game-tying goal with only two seconds remaining in regulation play. Kettelkamp's goal shattered a 13-year old Lumberjack Stadium record for the latest goal scored in regulation by 35 seconds.
"We just fought tonight," Head Coach Andre Luciano said. "Today was not an easy day mentally for any of our players. They gutted it out, and I'm proud of them for fighting as hard as they did to tie it up."
In the seventh minute of overtime, the Bears found the back of the net to seal their fourth straight conference win of the season and move to 9-5-0 on the year. Northern Arizona is now 6-6-1 this year and 1-2-1 in the Big Sky.
Much of the first half was trading shot attempts as NAU finished with three while UNC ended the first period with five. Sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Dickmann was tested in goal right from the get-go but made her first of three saves on the evening. Senior Emily Wadell and freshman Mei-Te Coco had two great looks to kick-start the NAU's offense, but the Lumberjacks couldn't quite break through the UNC back-line in the first 45 minutes.
The second half was much of the same story, but the tempo of the game picked up significantly. The Lumberjacks pressed UNC on both ends of the ball, which ultimately gave them exceptional chances to connect from both junior forward Lindsay Doyle and sophomore forward Adrian Nixt. Northern Arizona had everyone on the edge of their seat as the clock wound down. In the final seconds, Kettelkamp scored her second goal of the season to send the game into overtime.
Despite the goal scored by the Bears in overtime, the Lumberjacks ended the night with nine shot attempts, five on goal, to UNC's 13 shots, seven being on goal. It was a physical match too, as a combined four yellow cards were given out in the second half alone. It was surely a battle in which the 'Jacks left everything on the field.
"Our players did everything they possibly could to stay in this game and possibly win it," Luciano said.
Northern Arizona closes out the weekend in Lumberjack Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 11 against the University of North Dakota. Kick-off is set for 12 p.m. MST and will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona.