NAU soccer's late rally comes up just short

BY foxsports • September 21, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Northern Arizona women's soccer team was down two goals with less than 10 minutes left in the match Friday and came back to tie the score before suffering its first loss of the season, a 4-3 defeat against UTEP.

The Miners' Azia Nicholson scored in the 80th minute to put UTEP up 3-1, but the Lumberjacks did not quit. Junior defender Sarah Tarver was able to put the ball in the back of the net off a cross from freshman defender Danny Muniz, which made it 3-2, and less than a minute later, freshman forward Lindsay Doyle tallied her second goal of the season with a shot from just inside the box off another cross from Muniz.

However, the Miners answered immediately with a dramatic goal of their own from Angela Cutaia to take the match.

"Our team is a gritty bunch," said NAU coach Andre Luciano. "I have never been a part of a game where three goals were scored in less than four minutes. It was a good game, and I am so proud of our players because most teams would have given up, but this team wants to fight, and I am proud of that."

Muniz also provided the assist on the first goal by senior forward Shawnee Morgan, giving her the school record for most assists in a game at Lumberjack Stadium and moving her into a tie for the school record for most assists in a game.

"I was proud of our team and the way we fought," said Muniz. "I knew we were down and we had to get points on the board, so I am just glad I was able to get the ball to Shawnee (Morgan), Sarah (Tarver) and Lindsay (Doyle)."

Morgan, one of five seniors on the team, said she is pleased with the character this team displays, a mentality that had been missing in recent years.

"Last year, if we were down two goals, there was no way we were going to come back," said Morgan. "This game shows the character of our team, and we will never give up."

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