Griz defeats defending Big Sky Champs, 2-1

The University of Montana Grizzlies women's soccer team picked up its ninth win of the season as it defeated defending Big Sky champion Weber State, 2-1, in Ogden, Utah, Saturday, Oct. 21.

"We had a very professional performance today and it was good getting a result against a hard working team like Weber State," said coach Neil Sedgwick.

The Grizzlies improve to 9-7-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Big Sky, while the Wildcats fall to 8-5-3 overall and 3-2-1 in the Big Sky.

"The win was just another step for us and we can??t look ahead of ourselves," said coach Sedgwick on the effect that today??s win carries for the Grizzlies place in the Big Sky standings.

Senior MacKenzie Murphy opened the scoring for the Grizzlies with her goal in the first minute of the game. She scored off a free kick by senior Kelly Fullerton and was assisted by senior Lindsay Winans. The goal was her third of the season. Her last goal came in the Grizzlies 4-0 win over Idaho on Sept. 3.

The Wildcats evened the game up at 1-1 with an unassisted goal by Kelsie Ehlers in the 38th minute. Ehlers threw the ball on goal off a throw in and it was deflected in by the Montana goalkeeper.

Sophomore Sara Campbell scored the game winning goal in the 44th minute. Freshman Abby Graft sent a penetrative pass to Campbell who then chipped the WSU goalkeeper. The goal is her second of the season.

Senior Kristina Lamberty took a game-high three shots for the Grizzlies and Linsey McFarland also took a game-high three shots for the Wildcats.

Freshman Grace Harris made eight saves and allowed one goal in the Montana win.

Rebecca Ritchie made three saves and allowed two goals in the Weber State loss.

Weber State out shot Montana in the game, 13-7, but UM held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks.

Four yellow cards were also issued in the match with each team receiving two.

UM will continue their season with a nonconference match at Gonzaga on Oct. 27th at 2 p.m.


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