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12
Oct
09

Montana 2-1 Weber State

Photo courtesy of Bruce Costa Photography

Photo courtesy of Bruce Costa Photography

There was a happy homecoming for the Griz on Sunday as they came from behind to beat Weber State at South Campus Stadium. In freezing temperatures, and with remnants of last week’s snowfall still on the side of the field, Montana played some very attractive attacking soccer, and looked dangerous when in possession of the ball.

Montana fell behind in the 29th minute, but were able to find a reply before half-time. Nawal Kirts had not featured for the Griz since picking up a concussion in the match against North Dakota, but her arrival as a first-half substitute was followed just moments later by the freshman midfielder grabbing the equalizing goal. Kirts popped up in the middle of the box to fire the ball first-time into the upper left corner of the net.

After the break, Montana controlled the pace of the game, and rarely allowed Weber State out of their half. Another inspired substitution for the Griz led to the second goal. Frankie Brady, who has played in the midfield for the entire season, re-entered the game as a striker, and her first goal of the season quickly followed. It was worth the wait for Brady, who raced clear of the Weber defenders and unleashed a cracking shot from the edge of the box into the upper left corner of the net.

After the goal, the Griz sat back, allowing Weber State to push forward in search of an equalizer. However, the defense stood firm, and by the final five minutes of the game, it was Montana on the attack again, effectively killing the game and bringing home their first Big Sky win of the season. Montana improve to 1-1 in conference play, and face a tough task next weekend in the shape of Sacramento State University. Kick off on Friday is at 4:00pm. We hope to see you there!

10
Oct
09

Snowy Homecoming…

SNOWY SOUTH CAMPUS

This weekend marks the end of Homecoming week at the University of Montana, and over the past few days there has been a significant drop in temperature as well as a snowfall, which has left South Campus Stadium looking like a scene on a Christmas card.

Although the air temperature has been dropping, the mood on the team has been heating up as the Griz will take to the field on Sunday against Weber State in search of their first Big Sky win of the season.

After a disappointing loss to Idaho State on Thursday, the players will be looking to bounce back against a Weber State team that has had a loss of form of their own in recent weeks and is struggling to find wins. Both teams will be desperate for victory and so Sunday’s game promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams filled with passion and energy.

“Homecoming” has extra meaning for us as we have now played five consecutive road matches. One thing that has helped us to perform well in those games has been the tremendous number of traveling Griz supporters, who have managed to turn a section of each venue into a bubble of maroon bodies cheering on our team.

We hope to see that bubble turn into a large wall of maroon on Sunday out at South Campus Stadium. Wrap up warm and bring your loud voices to help lift the Griz to victory! GO GRIZ!

09
Oct
09

Idaho State 3-1 Montana

Kiki-Blake

Kiki Blake scored Montana’s only goal of the game as three first half goals from Idaho State condemned the Griz to a fourth consecutive defeat. We were hesitant in the first half and allowed the Bengals to control the tempo of the game. We played much better in the second half, but could not find a way back into the game, despite creating numerous chances. The result leaves us 0-1 in Big Sky Play, and we will be looking to bounce back on Sunday as Weber State University visit South Campus Stadium. Having played 10 of our first 12 matches on the road this season, we are excited to be playing at home and encourage you to come out and support us on Sunday afternoon. Go Griz!

05
Oct
09

Weekend in review: Portland / Seattle

Portland Away

The Griz concluded their non-conference schedule this weekend with a tough road trip to Portland and Seattle. On Friday night, we played the University of Portland in front of several thousand noisy fans (not all of them supporting Portland!), and this was the strongest team that we will see all year. From top to bottom, they oozed quality and matched their skill with tremendous athleticism. We fought hard throughout the game, and despite the 7-0 scoreline, we came off the field feeling good about our performance. The only disappointment was that we gave goals away in quick succession. That lack of focus was somewhat fixed for Sunday’s match against Washington, but we paid the price for starting the second half slowly, allowing the only goal of the game to be scored straight from kick-off. Knowing that we will not face the likes of Portland, Washington, BYU, and Minnesota in our conference should give us confidence going into Thursday’s Big Sky opener at Idaho State. We have taken some knocks in the first half of the season, but are still fighting and are hungry for victory in conference play.

We owe a big thank you to all of the families that came out to support us this weekend. Your encouragement from the bleachers was fantastic, and it helped us to play hard throughout the games. Thank you also to all of the parents who contributed to two superb team dinners in Portland and Seattle. We enjoyed the social time, and the food was delicious! GO GRIZ!

28
Sep
09

Teresa Huemann earns Big Sky weekly honors

Teresa-Huemann

Sophomore forward Teresa Huemann was recognized by the Big Sky Conference after her two goals against North Dakota lifted the Griz to a 4-1 victory. Huemann’s first two career goals for the Griz resulted in her receiving her first ever player of the week honors. You can see all the goals from the match against North Dakota on our Match Review page.

This week, we prepare to travel to Portland to face one of the strongest teams in the country. Having put in a strong defensive display against Minnesota last week, we hope to be able to build on that performance and get a good result against the Portland Pilots. The weekend will also feature a match for Montana against the University of Washington. The Griz will move on from Portland to Seattle to take on the Huskies on Sunday.

25
Sep
09

Crossbar Challenge

On Friday morning, after an intense training session, the Griz enjoyed a little fun as they took on the crossbar challenge…

23
Sep
09

Griz Soccer Show 09/23/09

This week, former Griz midfielder Sara Campbell talks about her experiences on the team as well as her opportunity to play in the WPS in 2010…

21
Sep
09

Minnesota 1-0 Montana

We’ve played a tough schedule this season, but this was probably the toughest opponent to date. Playing in front of a noisy crowd at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the Minnesota Gophers came out strong from the start and put us under a considerable amount of pressure throughout the game. However, the only goal that they managed to score was shot from 25yds out, and although we are disappointed that we allowed one of their strongest players the time and space to turn and pick her spot, we can take confidence from the fact that for all of their pressure, we protected our box well, and denied them from scoring more goals.

We know that we need to be more composed in attack, and will be working on this in training before traveling to Portland, OR in two weeks to take on one of the best teams in the nation. Highlights from Sunday’s contest are below. Thanks for your continued support. GO GRIZ!

19
Sep
09

North Dakota 1-4 Montana

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Teresa Huemann’s first two collegiate goals helped us to defeat the University of North Dakota 4-1 last night in Minneapolis, MN. Lauren Costa also scored her first ever collegiate goals, and Kiki Blake had the pick of the bunch to complete the scoring. Having lost three games in a row, we knew that defeat last night was not an option, and the team responded well against a North Dakota team also in need of a victory.

The first goal came from a well-worked corner kick in the 24th minute. Costa looped around to the back post and lost her marker to head the ball down into the bottom right corner of the net. 10 minutes later, Huemann grabbed her first goal of the afternoon. Erin Craig headed the ball through towards goal and Huemann hassled the defender off the ball before slotting a cool finish past the keeper.

Huemann’s second came just seconds into the second half, after some good work on the left side of the field, and Kiki Blake finished the scoring with a delightful turn and shot from 25yds out. Video highlights are below… I hope you enjoy. Lovely Day!

17
Sep
09

2009 Digital Media Guide

The 2009 soccer media guide can be viewed at the link below. Kickers Club members will receive their digital copy of the media guide in the mail soon.

Media Guide Cover




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