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Tarver scores second goal for NAU

Leaves game with apparent head injury

Posted: August 28, 2011 - 9:07pm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona soccer team outshot its opponent for the second straight game but still dropped its fourth consecutive match of the season, a 3-2 overtime decision to Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon at Lumberjack Stadium.

It also was the second straight game the Lumberjacks took a one-goal lead into the final 10 minutes of regulation, only to surrender the game-tying goal.

In the 54th minute, freshman Sarah Tarver of Juneau put the Lumberjacks ahead 2-1 after sophomore Jennifer Beaudoin’s initial shot was blocked. Tarver received the ricocheted ball and sent it off the hands of UNI senior goalkeeper Lauren Potzman into the goal for her second goal of the season.

The Lumberjacks held the 2-1 lead into the 82nd minute, until junior Ashley Capone netted her first of two goals on the day. Fuller recorded her second assist of the game on a cross to Capone, who headed it in for the equalizer that sent the game into overtime.

Tarver later left the game with an apparent head injury after collision with another player.

“I’m not sure how she’s doing. Sarah’s such a funny kid, I don’t know if she’s talking to me straight or not,” coach Andre Luciano said with a laugh.

The loss dropped the Lumberjacks’ season record to 0-4, and they will travel to the Midwest next weekend in search of their first win against Missouri and Nebraska. NAU has never faced either team in school history.

“Right now, we haven’t hit our stride,” Luciano said. “We have a lot of really, really good young players. Sarah Tarver has been doing great and we’re going to make some mistakes in our backfield with our freshmen.”

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