The Lumberjacks entered Sunday’s game against the University of Detroit Mercy looking to continue their strong start to the season. Head coach Kylie Louw captured her second win at the helm of the Lumberjacks with a shutout against the Titans 4-0.
The Lumberjacks held a majority of possession early in the game but struggled to put pressure on goal. Freshman midfielder Lexy Aguilar opened the flood gates for the Lumberjacks by scoring their first goal on a free kick in the 18th minute. Within the next 10 minutes, junior forward Paige Maling scored two more goals as the Lumberjacks capitalized on their possession. The Lumberjacks continued to pressure the Titans goalie CeCe Muskovac, but she was able to come up with two impressive saves.
The Titans came out of the break looking to be an improved team, but NAU quickly regained control of the game. Allowing few chances for the Titans attack and not allowing them to score, NAU was able to finish the game with a shutout. Midway through the second half, the Lumberjacks once again were able to put another score on the board from senior forward Tatum Heeres in the 80th minute.
The Lumberjacks had several opportunities that were called offside and a goal that was waved off after Detroit Mercy defender Hailey Wentzloff fell over in the box from contact with a Lumberjack attacker. The defense handled Mercy’s attack, forcing poor shots and easy saves for goalie Taryn Benham, who never looked unsettled.
“We executed in areas where we needed to score some goals," Louw said. "Thats been a focus for us in the training weeks, so the fact that some players stepped up and did that is good."
The Lumberjacks now look forward to an away match Sept. 6 against USC in Los Angeles, California, their only PAC-12 opponent of the year. However, Louw is unphased by their next opponent.
“We celebrate today because we won but tomorrow is when we're back out at practice," Louw said. "The focus is on the next game and we’ve got to prepare for that. We have to get better at a few things just in terms of our identity and our principles.”
Overall the Lumberjacks are 2-0-1 as they look to keep the ball rolling heading into this tough road game.