Griz soccer tops MSU-Billings 3-1 in final exhibition match

MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Montana women's soccer team defeated MSU-Billings 3-1 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at South Campus Stadium in Missoula. The Grizzlies out-shot the Yellowjackets 17 to six in their final exhibition match of the 2004 season. Nineteen Grizzlies saw action in the match that was broken down into three 30 minute periods.

"At this point in the season we have some things to work on, which is expected with exhibition play," First year head coach Neil Sedgwick said. "We need to continue to improve and get to a point where we can play our best soccer by the time conference play begins."

For the second-straight day sophomore forward Lindsay Winans registered the Grizzlies' first goal. The 5-11 Winans scored in the eight minute when she headed a cross off a corner kick that was taken by freshman defender Tatiana Kaiser.

UM held the one-goal advantage until the 15th minute, when MSU-Billings' Ally Taylor got in behind the Grizzly defense and was able to chip junior goalkeeper Sarah Braseth to tie the game at 1-1.

Montana regained the lead in the 50th minute with aggressive offense by forwards Meghan Chambers and Stephanie Davis. Chambers, a freshman from Lake Oswego, Ore., beat a Yellowjacket defender down the right side and fired a shot on goal. MSU-Billings goalkeeper Megan Plank punched the ball in the direction of the junior Davis, who put-back the rebound to give UM a 2-1 lead.

The Grizzlies put the game out of reach in the 63rd minute when senior forward Tara Schwager, on the receiving end of a long ball from sophomore forward Lily Coble, beat a Yellowjacket defender one-on-one. Schwager, who knotched a team-high four shots on the day, ricocheted her attempt off MSU-Billings' Plank and put-back her own rebound for the score.

Despite the two wins this weekend, Schwager feels that there are improvements that need to be made. "This week we need to work hard at practice and get ourselves ready for the upcoming regular season," Schwager said. "As a team we're learning as we play, it's going to take time. Each game we learn more and more and eventually we'll be at the top of our game."

The Grizzlies open the 2004 regular season this Friday in a 3 p.m. match against the Idaho Vandals as they host the Montana Nike Cup. The Denver Pioneers and the Washington State Cougars are the other participating teams this weekend at South Campus Stadium.


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