NAU soccer shuts out North Dakota on Senior Day

BY foxsports • October 20, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Northern Arizona women's soccer team celebrated Senior Day on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over North Dakota to send the program's six seniors off with a win.

Shelby Foltz, Jordan Stenger, Elinor Priest, Shawnee Morgan, Lauren Weaver and Alana D'Onofrio were honored before Sunday's contest against North Dakota, and the seniors did not disappoint in their final home match as Lumberjacks.

"It is a fitting last home game for these seniors," said NAU coach Andre Luciano. "Lauren and Alana provided the shutout, who have been mainstays for us in the backline. Elinor was brilliant on both sides of the ball, and Jordan provided great energy and was able to get an assist. Finally, Shawnee with a brilliant header to secure the win, and I am just proud of how well they played."

Freshman forward Lindsay Doyle was able to get the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard first when she received a pass from Morgan inside the box and buried it, giving the senior an assist. Stenger also received an assist on the play by passing to Morgan.

"It felt good to score for my seniors out there today," said Doyle. "We just played really hard and wanted to win for our seniors, so I am very happy for them."

Morgan's goal came in the 80th minute from a Cierra Gamble cross into the box, as she placed a perfect into the back of the net to secure the win for NAU.

"I am happy that I was able score a goal on Senior Day in front of my parents," said Morgan. "It was nice to go out with a bang at my last home match at Lumberjack Stadium."

For the second straight match, Weaver recorded a shutout, her seventh of the season and 18th of her career. The NAU defense dominated in front of her, allowing just four North Dakota shots, including just one on goal.

It was the first time all season the Lumberjacks captured both home games in a weekend, and it could not have come at better time, as the pair of wins put the NAU in strong position to earn one of the four spots in the Big Sky tournament.

"Today was very special because of all the emotion that comes along with Senior Day," said Stenger. "All the blood, sweat and tears we have poured on this field for our teammates is very motivating and I am glad we were able to come out with a win."

The Lumberjacks will head back out on the road for their final two matches of the regular season, against Montana and Eastern Washington.