Sept. 2, 2007
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Wrapping up its first weekend of play as a NCAA Division I program, the Lamar University soccer team lost 7-0 Sunday afternoon to host Northern Arizona in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn Mountain Classic.
Lamar (0-2) continues its pre-conference schedule this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against North Texas at Northwestern State's Tournament. The Cardinals will play South Alabama Sunday at 11:30 a.m. to close out the tournament.
The Cardinals held NAU scoreless for the first 30 minutes of the game before Tara Cozzetto gave the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead at 31:50. That was the score after the first 45 minutes of play.
NAU scored three times in the first seven minutes of the second half to break the game open. Kristi Andreassen scored at 45:05 with an assist from Karri Currier. Carolyn Savage followed with a goal at 48:29, also assisted by Currier. Brandy Carr capped the barrage with a goal at 51:26 to make the score 4-0.
After assisting on two previous goals, Currier found the back of the net for NAU at 64:29. Sarah Vallen scored at 76:08 with Savage getting her second assist. Savage scored her second goal of the game and closed out the scoring at 77:20 with Cozzetto and Andreassen notching assists.
"We played right with them in the first half, but I think the altitude and capping the first weekend of play go to us a bit in the second half," said first-year Lamar coach Matt Dillon. "It's a big transition going from high school, which most of our players are doing, to playing Division I. We're going to have some growing pains as they adjust to the speed of the game at this level.
"Our girls play with a lot of heart and they never quit. That's all you can ask as a coach. We'll look at the film this week and keep working on tactical things and get ready to play again next weekend at Northwestern State's Tournament."
NAU attempted 37 shots with 21 on goal while Lamar was held to no shots. The Cardinals were whistled for six fouls compared to two by the Lumberjacks.