WOMEN’S SOCCER EARNS 1-1 DRAW AT NORTHERN ARIZONA

WOMEN’S SOCCER EARNS 1-1 DRAW AT NORTHERN ARIZONA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After Northern Arizona took a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game Sacramento State shut out the Lumberjacks over the next 105 minutes and created an own goal early in the second half to pick up a 1-1 tie on Sunday in Flagstaff.

After a 2-0 shutout win at Southern Utah on Friday, Sacramento State (3-4-3, 1-0-1 Big Sky) picked up four points in its first road trip of the Big Sky season. The Hornets are tied with Northern Arizona (4-5-2, 1-0-1 Big Sky) for second place in the league with four straight home conference matches to come over the next two weeks.

The first shot of the game on Sunday ended up being the only goal for the Lumberjacks. In the sixth minute, Shelbie O'Connor sent a ball from the right corner and found Lindsay Doyle for the finish.

NAU had a slim 7-6 shot advantage in the first half and put six shots on goal but sophomore Destiny Butcher made five saves to keep the deficit at 1-0. In the 53rd minute, the Hornets sent a free kick from 40 yards out and the ball went off the foot of a Lumberjack defender and into the net for an own goal that tied the game.

The Hornet offense put three shots in goal in each of the first two halves and the team had a 4-2 edge in corner kicks during regulation time but Lumberjack goalkeeper Meghan Dickmann made six saves. Sacramento State earned four corner kicks in the first overtime period but was not credited with a shot while Northern Arizona had two, putting one on goal.

The second overtime period saw just one shot, a Hornet attempt on goal from junior Kylee Smith that Dickmann denied in the 108th minute as the game ended in a tie.

Butcher finished with eight save while Dickmann had seven. NAU ended the game with a slim 14-12 shot advantage and were 9-8 in shots on goal. Senior Jennifer Lum led the Hornets with three shots, placing all three on frame.

Sacramento State has now played in six overtime games through 10 contests. The team was in a Big Sky-record four consecutive overtime games and has played in 11 total overtime periods. The Hornets have now played 90 total minutes of overtime soccer this year, the equivalent of a whole additional game.

The tie was the third of the season for the Hornets after they went more than two seasons –and 50 consecutive games – without a tie before their first draw of 2016 on Sept. 2. Sunday's stalemate was the first Sacramento State road game to end in a tie in nearly four years, since October 7, 2012, which coincidentally also came at Northern Arizona.

The Hornets open their four-game home stand with two games next week, hosting Montana at 4 p.m. Friday and Eastern Washington at noon next Sunday.