October 29, 2010

Soccer falters in final regular season game, falls to Lumberjacks

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Colorado women's soccer program fell in its final regular season match, losing 1-0 on the road to the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona in a tightly contested battle between upper-echelon Big Sky squads.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 10-5-3 overall and finish 3-2-2 in conference play. There fourth place finish in the Big Sky is their highest since the 2007 season, when they finished in a tie for second.

The match was a hard-fought, defensive struggle, with neither team able to get a goal across in the first half.

Northern Colorado held the advantage in both shots and shots on goal in the first 45 minutes of play, getting three shots on goal compared to just one for the Lumberjacks.

In the second half however, action began to open up, with the two teams amassing 19 shots between them.

Northern Arizona finally broke the 0-0 deadlock after Jennifer Beaudoin scored her first goal of the season on a corner kick from Brenna Boies. The goal came in the 73rd minute.

Both goalkeepers put in strong performances, with Bears' keeper, Kirstin Salminen, making seven saves. Northern Arizona goalkeeper, Tori Rocke, was just a bit better however, saving all nine shots she faced.

The good news for Northern Colorado is that it will have a chance to exact some revenge against Northern Arizona, as the two teams will lock horns again in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. The tournament will be held at Flagstaff and kicks off Friday, Nov. 5.

In a season where the Bears were picked to finish last in the Big Sky, the players will undoubtedly be looking to continue surprising their competition all the way to the Big Sky Championship.