Highlights from this weekend’s matches against Sacramento State and Portland State:
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This weekend, Sacramento State and Portland State visited South Campus Stadium for two gritty Big Sky Conference matches. On Friday afternoon, high-flying Sacramento State raced into an early two-goal lead, but could not hold on to the lead as the Grizzlies scored two goals before the half to level the game. Erin Craig scored her first ever collegiate goal, crashing in to head home from a corner kick. Frankie Brady scored her second goal in a week, popping up in the box to fire in the equalizing goal. However, a goalless second half, and two overtime periods could not separate the two teams as the score remained 2-2. The tie left Montana on level points with Portland State, who had scored a late goal on Friday to tie league-leaders Eastern Washington.
Despite a bright start to the game, Montana let the tempo drop after fifteen minutes and allowed Portland State to seize control of the game. The visitors took the lead after the Grizzlies were slow to react in the midfield, allowing PSU to play a direct ball over the back four. Grace Harris came, but was caught in no-mans-land and the Vikings striker simply lifted the ball over her head and into the net. Towards the end of the half, Montana regained their composure and put their opponents on the back foot.
This pressure continued through to the second half as the Griz dominated the game in every area of the park. However, poor finishing proved to be their downfall as they sunk to a 1-0 defeat. Other results in conference mean that Montana can still make the conference tournament in November, but they will have to pick up points from their remaining three games. The Griz now travel to Flagstaff, AZ to take on Northern Arizona University on Friday.
Now you can stay warm while still showing your colors with this limited-edition Montana Soccer Scarf. With winter fast approaching, this scarf is perfect for staying warm while supporting the Griz, and it also makes a great Christmas gift! Scarves are priced at just $15, and will be available for purchase at this weekend’s games against Sacramento State and Portland State.
Kickers Club members will be receiving their Griz Scarf in the mail shortly. To find out more about becoming a member of the official Griz soccer booster organization, contact Assistant Coach Peter Underwood: email@example.com. Thank you for your support. Go Griz!
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!
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!
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!
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!