The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks displayed their physical side against the Portland State Vikings Friday afternoon, but fell 1-0 in their first game of the road weekend.
The Lumberjacks (8-6 overall, 3-2 Big Sky) and Vikings (6-6, 3-1) went scoreless in the first half until an unfortunate foul in the second half gave the Vikings a penalty kick that resulted in the game-winning goal.
"Disappointed in the result today," said Lumberjacks head coach Andre Luciano. "I thought we had a very solid week of training and had a fairly good idea of how Portland State was going to play."
Both teams got off to a slow start in the beginning, with Portland State outshooting the Lumberjacks five to one while trying to put pressure on early.
The decider came in the 59th minute when a foul in the box gave Portland State just the chance they needed to top the Lumberjacks, who ended up outshooting the Vikings, 9-8.
Going into the game, Northern Arizona was coming off of two 1-0 victories over Northern Colorado and North Dakota and Portland State was on a three-game losing streak.
Northern Arizona will take on Montana Sunday at noon before returning home.
SWIM AND DIVE
The Blue team was dominant during Friday's Northern Arizona swimming and diving Blue vs. Gold intrasquad meet, claiming nine of 12 events to claim the 61-43 win.
"We've got a pretty solid lineup and when we get them together as one team, it's going to be a lot of fun," said Lumberjacks head coach Andy Johns. "We're really excited about what we're seeing right now."
The excitement stems from a freshman class that stole the show on Friday in the Aquatics and Tennis Complex. The first-year Lumberjacks combined for exactly half of the 12 event wins, with Elisa Rodriguez and Niamh McDonagh posting two victories each for Blue. Rodriguez won both of the sprint freestyle events, and McDonagh placed first in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Sam Milewski won the 200 freestyle for Blue. For Gold, freshman Sarah O'Connor earned first-place honors in the 100 backstroke for one her team's three event wins. Four additional freshmen placed in the top three scoring spots in at least one event.
The Blue team won all four swimming events going into the first break to build a comfortable 25-9 advantage. After sophomore Fernanda Montiel, McDonagh, senior Alina Staffeldt and Rodriguez won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.94, the Blue team received three wins from their freshman trio.
Milewski earned her 200 free victory with a time of 1:56.67 to best senior Kimmy Richter of Gold by a full second before Rodriguez edged out Gold's senior Roni Houck in the 50 free with a winning time of 24.91. McDonagh then cruised to a time of 2:08.72 in the 200 IM, outdistancing redshirt junior Monique King of the Gold team by nearly five seconds.
Junior Tatiana Kurach got the Gold team in the win column with a first-place score of 308.85 on 1-meter with her teammate, freshman Jenny Cheetham, scoring points in third place as well. However, Staffeldt (58.71) and Rodriguez (53.30) claimed convincing wins for the Blue team in the 100 butterfly and 100 free respectively to increase their lead to 38-23.
The Gold team made a huge push heading into the final diving break, going one-two in the 100 back and 500 free. O'Connor was the lone swimmer to go under one minute in the backstroke, winning with a time of 58.95, and was followed by freshman Lauren Hazel. Richter then won the day's only distance event with a time of 5:04.90 followed by King -- which brought the meet to a one-point difference at 40-39.
Seeing their lead dwindle to one point, the Blue team claimed the final three events, starting with the 3-meter springboard. Juniors Christina Torrente and Raquel Gonzales went one-two with Torrente placing first with a score of 305.40.
McDonagh touched the wall in 1:06.94 to win the 100 breaststroke before Staffeldt, Montiel, sophomore Erin Spielman and Milewski closed the meet with a time of 1:40.43 in the 200 free relay.
NAU will now prep for its first dual meet of the season on Oct. 28 versus New Mexico.
The women's golf team competed in the opening round of the University of Denver's Ron Moore Intercollegiate at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club on Friday.
The Lumberjacks found themselves in a tie for 11th overall after the first round, finishing the day 13-over (301). It is the first time the team has competed in the tournament since a seventh-place finish back in 2014.
Northern Arizona was led by an even 72 from Sofia Anokhina, who found herself tied for 19th after one day of competition. The junior standout finished her round with three birdies.
Kaitlyn Saum was second for the Lumberjacks, shooting a 3-over 75 (tied for 46th). Sierra Bezdicek was behind her with a 4-over 76 (T-53rd) and led the Lumberjack squad with four birdies.
Emma Reyes finished fourth individually for NAU, shooting a 6-over 78 (T-63rd). Loren Skibba rounded competition out for the Lumberjacks with a 10-over 82 (T-76).
New Mexico and Denver finished the opening day of the tournament atop the leaderboard with a team score of 5-under each. UTSA and Oregon State tied for third at 2-under. Washington State and Northern Colorado each finished with a 1-over, which put them in a tie for fifth.
The Lumberjacks will tee off the second day of the tournament this morning at 9 a.m.