October 23, 2013

Big Sky weekend finale awaits Bears Soccer

Northern Colorado notes | Big Sky notes

Collin Boyles

GREELEY -- The Northern Colorado soccer team will finish up Big Sky Conference action this weekend at home against Weber State and Idaho State. A win in either match will clinch a spot in the conference postseason.

Northern Colorado (8-5-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky) hosts Big Sky opponents Weber State (8-4-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky) and Idaho State (6-7-2, 3-2-2 Big Sky) in the final regular season conference weekend. The Bears need one win to clinch a postseason berth after spliting its previous weekend matches against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.

The Bears opened up the previous weekend against the Lumberjacks with the first of two overtime matches. Neither team could strike a goal in regulation, but Nicole Sherwin took advantage in the 92nd minute to score the game-winning goal for NAU. UNC followed up with another overtime match on Sunday after the 1-0 defeat.

Two freshmen helped score goals in the win against Southern Utah. Shanlie Anderson put up the first score in the 73rd minute. A red card on Bears keeper Natalie D'Adamio led to a penalty kick goal from Sabrina Hernandez that tied the game at one. A foul on SUU led to a free kick from Ambree Bellin in overtime. The ball was sent to Morgan Rynearson in the penalty box and was then headed to Katherine Day who scored the game-winner in the 95th minute.

Weber State comes to Jackson Stadium tied for third with UNC in the Big Sky standings. The Wildcats and Bears begin action at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 in Greeley, Colo. Weber State split its previous weekend of games, both finishing with a final of 3-1.

Portland State jumped to the lead in the 26th minute and scored again in minute 56 thanks to the second goal of the day from Ariana Cooley. The Wildcats' Mackenzie Day brought the team within one, but allowed another goal to set the final at 3-1.

Weber State flipped the table on Sacramento State, as the Wildcats scored three goals in the first 56 minutes, two coming from Mackenzie Harrison. The Hornets scored in the 70th minute, but the lead was enough to secure the win at 3-1.

The Bengals and Bears meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Jackson Stadium in Greeley, Colo. Idaho State is on the outside looking in at fifth place in the Big Sky conference. Idaho State faced the same results as WSU in its previous weekend, losing to Portland State and taking down Sacramento State.

Two goals in the first 36 minutes from Amanda Ellsworth paced the Bengals to a strong start. Idaho State totaled eight shots on goal in the 2-1 win over Sacramento State.

The one shot-on-goal difference in the Bengals and the Vikings match was the deciding factor in the 1-0 match. PSU scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to win the match.

Game Details
Game 17: Northern Colorado (8-5-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky) vs. Weber State (8-4-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky)
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Where: Jackson Stadium – Greeley, Colo.
Coaches: Bears - Tim Barrera (130-121-26 @ UNC) vs. WSU – Tim Crompton (75-91-21 @ WSU)
All-time series: WSU, 2-5-2

Series Record
2005 Weber State 4-1
2006 Weber State 2-1
2007 Weber State 1-0
2007 Northern Colorado 3-1 - Big Sky Semi-Final
2008 Northern Colorado 2-1
2009 Weber State 2-1
2010 Tie 1-1
2011 Weber State 2-1 (2OT)
2012 Tie 1-1

Game Details
Game 18: Northern Colorado (8-5-3, 4-2-1 Big Sky) vs. Idaho State (6-7-2, 3-2-2 Big Sky)
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Jackson Stadium – Greeley, Colo.
Coaches: Bears - Tim Barrera (130-121-26 @ UNC) vs. ISU – Allison Gibson (53-63-17 @ ISU)
All-time series: ISU – 3-4-1

Series Record
2005 Idaho State 2-0
2006 Idaho State 3-0
2007 Tie 0-0
2008 Northern Colorado 6-2
2009 Idaho State 2-0
2010 Northern Colorado 3-1
2011 Northern Colorado 3-1
2012 Idaho State 2-0

Game Notes
- Since a 4-1 loss at Creighton on Sept. 1, the Bears have allowed more than one goal just once, including six shutouts, and are 7-2-3 in that span.
- UNC has outscored its opponents 15-8 since the Creighton match.
- Northern Colorado is 1-2 all-time at home against Weber State and 2-1 all-time at home versus Idaho State.
- The Bears will face two of the top goal-scorers in the Big Sky in Mackenzie Harrison of Weber State and Amanda Ellsworth of Idaho State. The two have seven goals on the season and are both tied for second in total points with 15.
- No current Bears player has scored a goal against the Wildcats. Seniors Danielle Birdsall and Tara Rickenbach earned assists against WSU, Birdsall's coming in a 1-1 tie in 2010 while Rickenbach's also came in a 1-1 tie in 2012.
- Birdsall accounted for every score in the UNC/ISU game on Oct. 9, 2010. Birdsall scored a goal and earned two assists in the 3-1 win in Pocatello, Idaho.
-Junior Juliana Grover and Rickenbach helped in the 3-1 win against ISU on Oct. 9, 2011 as Rickenbach assisted Grover's first career goal.
- Senior goalkeeper Natalie D'Adamio moved into eighth place all-time in program history in saves against the University of North Dakota on Oct. 4. She has 168 in her career and is behind Shanna Swinehart with 190.
- The Bears had three true freshmen tally assists against Nebraska-Omaha on Aug. 30, the first time happening in one game in the program's Division I history.

Big Sky Notes
- In Big Sky action, sophomore Essence Ortiz-Laneir is tied for fifth in goals (3) and goals per game (0.43), and is tied for ninth in points per game (0.86) and in points (6).
- Also in Big Sky action, sophomore Rebecca Lancia is tied for third in assists per game (0.43) and in assists (3). She is tied for second in the Big Sky in total regular season assists (5) and is second in assists per game (0.36).
- D'Adamio is first in the Big Sky in total regular season games in save percentage (84.3%), second in total saves (86), fourth in saves per game (5.38), third in goals against average (0.99), and fourth in shutouts (5). The save percentage places the senior 35th in the nation while her save total places her 29th.
- Six Bears are in the top six (including those tied) of assists and are in the top seven in assists per game in Big Sky action (Lancia, Birdsall, Grover, Bellin, Day and Paige Morris).
- Northern Colorado is second in Big Sky play in assists (11) and assists per game (1.71), and fourth in points (34), goals scored (11) and goals per game (1.57).
- The keepers for UNC have set the Bears at second in the Big Sky throughout the entire regular season in shutouts (7), third in total saves (89) and goals against average (1.07), and fourth in goals allowed (18).