The University of Montana soccer team with travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, this week to play in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic. The Grizzlies will face the University of Hawaii (2-3-1) on Thursday, Sept. 18, and 21st ranked U.C. Santa Barbara (5-2-0) Friday, Sept. 19, with kickoff for both games set for 10 p.m. (MTN) at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium.
Head coach Neil Sedgwick admits, "It will be a tough trip for us. Both (Hawaii and U.C. Santa Barbara) are good teams that play very well. It will come down to who can perform on the field. With our games back-to-back it will certainly be a challenge for us, but one that we are looking forward to."
After falling to Gonzaga 1-0 last Friday in Spokane on a late goal, the University of Montana's record drops to 1-5-0 on the season.
The University of Hawaii is currently 2-3-1 on the season after traveling to Stockton, Calif. ,this past weekend. UH lost to Pacific, 1-2, but finished the weekend away with a decisive win over San Francisco, 5-0.
The Rainbow Wahine posted 13 goals in their last four games, all of which have been on the road, and scored 17 goals in six games.
Hawaii ended its 2007 season with a record of 15-5-2 overall and winning the Western Athletic Conference with a season record of 6-1-0. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Colorado in a first-round match.
Head coach Pinsoom Tenzing is in his 15th season and holds a career record and school record of 124-125-22.
The University of Montana has not faced Hawaii since October, 1995. The Grizzlies defeated Hawaii twice that season, 3-0 at Honolulu, and 3-1 at Missoula.
Scouting U.C. Santa Barbara
Ranked for the first time since 1992, No. 21 U.C. Santa Barbara is currently 5-2 on the season after posting a loss to Washington State, 3-2, and a win over No. 24 Tennessee with a late goal, 2-1, last weekend.
U.C. Santa Barbara will play Montana Friday evening and turn around to face the University of Hawaii on Saturday.
The Gouchos ended their 2007 season with a record of 6-10-4 overall. In the Big West Conference they claimed fifth with a 3-4-1 record.
Head coach Paul Stumpf is in his tenth year with a career and school record of 87-69-21.
Heinsohn: Named BSC Offensive Player of the week
University of Montana sophomore Kaitlyn Heinsohn was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 8. It was the first Big Sky POW honor for the second-year forward.
Heinsohn, from Seattle, Wash., was recognized for her production in Montana?s weekend road split against No. 23 Denver and Wyoming, Sept. 5 and 7. At Wyoming, Heinsohn took four shots on goal, scoring the equalizer, followed by the game-winner in the 98th minute to lead the Grizzlies to victory.
Heinsohn has scored all three of Montana?s goals this season and the team?s last five goals dating back to the end of the 2007 season.
Gonzaga downs Montana on late Goal
Gonzaga University defeated the University of Montana last Friday1-0 in Spokane, Wash. The game was a scoreless tie until the 72nd minute when Bulldog freshman Sarah Rhodes scored the match's only goal to give Gonzaga its fourth win of the season.
With less than 20 minutes to play in the second, Rhodes took her fourth shot of the game, breaking the scoreless tie from 15 yards out and left of the net. Assisted by Christi D'Agostino, Rhodes scored the game-winning goal off diving Grizzly keeper Grace Harris.
Gonzaga out-shot Montana 15-3 and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Harris played all 90 minutes, allowing one goal and making five saves.