21 Sep NAU ROUNDUP: Women’s soccer records second straight shutout victory with win over Dixie State | Local
Shafer, coming off her first two career goals versus the Firestorm on Friday, finally broke the seal on Sunday’s scoring with a goal in the 61st minute. Off a free kick, the Lumberjacks got the ball on the foot of sophomore Grace Quinn, who found Shafer for the match’s first goal.
Like Shafer, who is now tied for the team-lead with Montgomery with three goals, Quinn also had a spectacular weekend, notching her second assist to go with her own first career goal in the two matches.
Montgomery added an insurance goal in the 84th minute. Her shot to the lower 90 past the Trailblazers’ keeper made it a 2-0 game with six and a half minutes remaining. The Trailblazers desperately tried to get on the board with four shots, including two on frame, before the final whistle, but came up empty.
Dixie State’s final flurry gave the home team the 18-15 advantage in shots, but it was the Lumberjacks who were the aggressors for much of the morning. In particular, despite going into the half tied at 0-0, Northern Arizona attempted 11 shots in the 45 minutes before breaking through in the second half.
“At halftime we made some tactical adjustments to get the type of shots that we like and put us in position to score goals,” Louw said. “Maddie is finding herself in really great positions and she’s confident right now.”
Senior Sam Larberg fired a team-high four shots, landing two on frame. She was one of five players with multiple shot attempts and one of three, along with Shafer and Montgomery, with two shots on goal.
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