“This was such an important win for us in terms of position in the standings,” said head coach George Van Linder. “We wanted to get some points up and it gets us in a better spot for us and we feel like this could be a tipping point win in where it can take us for the rest of the season.”
Northwestern State (6-9-1, 4-3-1 Southland Conference) honored eight senior players in pregame ceremonies before the match. Both the Canadian and American national anthems were played to honor the first senior class to feature Canadians.
NSU trailed Nicholls (10-4-1, 4-4-0 SLC) by one position in the league standings. NSU was sixth, and the top six squads will advance to the SLC Tournament.
“Every time you hear senior night, you get worried about the emotion and how the upper classmen will react,” said Van Linder. Ashlee Savona and Danku have been gamers ever since they came to NSU, and tonight was no exception. They were fantastic.”
Savona scored the first goal at the 15 minute mark on an assist from fellow classmate Alexandria Jackson. Jackson chipped in into the box from the right side to Savona who scored it.
She hit her second attempt just 18 minutes later on an unassisted score when Nicholls goalkeeper Taylor Mosley came out of the net on a free kick and deflected it to Savona.
Northwestern State led 2-0 at the half with nine shots to Nicholls six.
Brooke Eastburg scored the final goal of the match in the 51st minute one an assist from senior Taylor Mulnix.
Danku played 75 minutes of the match with three saves on 14 shots seen. Brooke Bourbonais came in and collected one save.
For the match, Nicholls outshot the Lady Demons 16-15, but had only four shots on-goal. Northwestern State finished with seven shots on-goal.
Eastburg and Savona each tied for the team-lead in shots for Northwestern State, and Spence Valespino took the match shot lead with seven on the night.
In the following Brianna Singh’s goal-scoring header in overtime gave Southeastern Louisiana a 1-0 victory over the Northwestern State soccer team Sunday afternoon in Southland Conference action.
Southeastern Louisiana (12-3-1, 7-2-0 Southland Conference) and NSU held each other scoreless through regulation, but Singh was able to win the game on a golden goal from a long throw in by Katie Noonan that was tipped up by Kelsey Salcido.
"Soccer can be a cruel game at times. We had the chances to win and we felt confident about it going into the overtime,” said head coach George Van Linder. “Credit Southeastern for getting the win. They had a chance and took advantage of it."
It was the fifth overtime game the Lady Demons played this conference season, and the first loss in extra minutes.
NSU goalkeeper Jessica Danku played the entire match in the goal and had 12 saves, but Singh was able to sneak it past her just inside the left post. Hope Sabadash had five saves for the Lions.
Brooke Eastburg led the Lady Demons with five shots, and one on-goal. Ashlee Savona and Cassandra Briscoe each had two shots.