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!