The Northern Arizona women's soccer team dominated Sunday against the University of Pacific Tigers, picking up their fifth win of the season 2-1.

Head coach Andre Luciano and the Lumberjacks are now 5-2 on the season heading into the next two weeks on the road.

The Lumberjacks got things started in the first half with two goals and several more opportunities. Junior Haleigh Van Allen picked up her first goal of the season and sophomore Malia Lyken her second.

"Overall the full 90 minutes was positive and a lot of good things came out of it," Luciano said. "Our first half was excellent, I thought we created two great team goals and were in control."

Northern Arizona led a controlled game from the start and for the third time this season went into the second half ahead. The first goal came in the second minute of the game when Van Allen scored off a cross from sophomore Tatum Heeres, her second assist this season. Less than five minutes later, Lyken beat the goalkeeper on a breakaway for the game-winning goal.

The Lumberjacks recorded 14 total shots against the Tigers, half of which were on goal and tested Pacific's freshman goalkeeper. Defensively, Dickmann nearly hit another career high with eight saves, giving up a penalty kick to put Pacific on the scoreboard in the final two minutes of the game.

"We've done a pretty good job defending and it's unfortunate we gave up a PK in the 88th minute," Luciano said. "Moving forward, we are still going to focus on defending, we are still going to focus on developing a little bit of a rhythm and style of play that suits us, and for the next two months really focus on the finishing aspect of things daily."

The Lumberjacks will have a short week ahead with just two days to train before traveling to New Mexico. Northern Arizona will hit the road first against New Mexico State Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. and New Mexico Sept. 17 at noon.


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