The Lumberjacks women’s soccer team will try to extend a record-breaking win streak this afternoon when it hosts conference foe, Montana.
It has been a busy season for soccer in Flagstaff.
Northern Arizona set a couple of new program records with its 2-0 win over Weber State two weeks ago. And that resulted in the team earning its first-ever NSCAA regional ranking, putting the Jacks at No. 10.
Against Weber State, NAU recorded its sixth straight shutout for a new program record, and set another mark by playing 529 minutes and 35 seconds without allowing a goal to be scored against it.
The shutout streak ended last week in a home contest against Sacramento State. The Jacks allowed a goal to be scored, but the 3-2 win enabled them to continue their unbeaten streak.
They extended it to eight straight wins last Sunday in a 2-0 victory over Portland State.
A pair of goals in a three-minute stretch in the second half carried the Jacks to the Portland State win, as local product, Brandy Carr, scored the first goal on a shot to the top right corner of the net. Just 2:52 later, Jenna Samora scored her third goal of the season with a diving header off a feed from Kristi Andreassen.
Carr, who was a four-year starter at Sabino High School in Tucson, was an All-Big Sky Honorable Mention last year as a junior. Andreassen also played her high school ball in Arizona. The senior defender attended Marcos de Niza HS in Tempe, where she was twice named to the All-State First Team. She was the only player to start all 21 games last year and is the first All-American in the history of the NAU soccer program.
Junior goalkeeper, Tori Rocke, made a season-high seven saves in the Portland State game, which extended her school record to 17 career solo shutouts.
NAU is a program on the rise. It has outscored its opponents 14-2 over the last eight games and currently sits atop the Big Sky Conference.
Montana is a program still trying to find itself. The Grizzlies have used three different goalies this season, trying to find a way to hold down the scoring. And, on offense, they are last in the Big Sky in goals per game at 0.47.
The Grizzlies are coming off their first conference win last Sunday, beating Idaho State, 1-0, to put their Big Sky record at 1-3-0.
The good news for the Jacks: Montana is 0-6-1 in road games so far this season. Conversely, NAU is 6-1-0 at home.
But last year, it took overtime for NAU to pull out a 2-1 win over Montana in a game played at Lumberjack Stadium.
A game on Sunday at Eastern Washington (2-11-1, 1-3-0) will wrap up the final full weekend of Big Sky play. NAU has won the last five match-ups with the Eagles, including a 4-2 home win last year.
(Photo: NAU Athletics)