Soccer blog: Jacks looking to build on opening day win
By Chris Albas-Martin
The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Lumberjacks soccer team won their opening game of the Big Sky Conference (BSC) 1–0 in a dominating performance against the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds.
The Jacks now head into two tricky games on the road following a three game winning streak. With the team only having four away games this conference season, an unbeaten weekend could go a long way in ensuring the Jacks a place in Big Sky Championship. After an uninspiring start to the season, the Jacks team seems to have gelled winning three consecutive shutouts, including two in the BSC and a solid High Altitude Tournament a few weeks ago.
NAU squares off against the Idaho State University Bengals, which are 6–4–1 for the season. The Jacks’s all-time record against the Bengals is more favourable, 7–7–3, with the Jacks most recent Bengals loss happening in 2009. However, the Jacks have not beaten the Bengals in Pocatello since 2005, having lost once and tied twice in the three Idaho meetings since the win.
The Jacks have a great chance to stamp their authority on the Big Sky this weekend. With the majority of the NAU’s remaining games coming to Lumberjack Stadium, an undefeated weekend could provide the Jacks with a good platform on which to build upon until the end of season championship.
If the Jacks beat the Bengals, they could have a strong chance on bringing home the championship. However, the aim this weekend is to remain unbeaten and head into next week’s two home games full of confidence.