Griz end regular season at Gonzaga and Eastern Washington
The University of Montana soccer team will end the regular season the way it started it, on the road.
The Grizzlies will face Gonzaga University in a noncoference match, Friday, Oct. 27, in Spokane, Wash., at 2 p.m. (mtn).
UM will face Eastern Washington in the Big Sky finale for both schools, Sunday, Oct. 29, in Cheney, Wash., at 2 p.m. (mtn).
Montana lost to Idaho State, 1-0, in its final home game of the season, Thursday, Oct. 19.
The Grizzlies followed up with a 2-1 win over defending Big Sky champion Weber State, Saturday, Oct. 21.
Montana has faced Gonzaga more than any other team. UM is 12-3 all-time against the GU. The Bulldogs defeated the Grizzlies, 3-1, last season in Spokane, Wash.
Montana is 6-2-1 all-time against Eastern Washington and 3-2-0 against the Eagles in Cheney, Wash. EWU defeated UM, 2-1, last season in Cheney.
sedgwick sound bytes
"Gonzaga is a tough team that plays in what may be the toughest conference in the nation and has success. They are a tournament team from last year. We will use the game as an opportunity to prepare for conference," said coach Neil Sedgwick.
"Eastern Washington is always a difficult team, especially at home. They allow you to play and keep the ball but will not let you get behind them," said Sedgwick.
"The conference race is still open with one game left for everyone. There is still lots of soccer to be played," said Sedgwick on the conference standings heading into the final match.
the coaching match-ups
Montana head coach Neil Sedgwick (Dalhouise, 1995) is in his third season at UM. The Sackville, Nova Scotia, native has a 20-28-4 record leading the Griz and a 39-43-4 career record in his fifth season as a head coach. Prior to joining the Griz staff, Sedgwick was an assistant at Southern California and was the head coach at North Dakota. Sedgwick is 0-2-0 all-time against Gonzaga and 1-1-1 all-time against Eastern Washington.
Gonzaga head coach Shannon Stiles (Santa Clara, 1993) is in her ninth season leading the Bulldogs. Stiles is 59-84-7 all-time at Gonzaga and as a head coach. Prior to taking the helm at GU, Stiles was an assistant coach at Washington State and Gonzaga.
Eastern Washington head coach George Hageage (Richmond, 1988) is in his seventh season leading the Eagles. Hageage is 36-78-9 all-time at Eastern Washington and as a head coach. Prior to taking over the Eagles program, Hageage served as an assistant coach at Toldeo for three seasons and was the head coach at Adrian College for two seasons.
murphy scores third
Senior MacKenzie Murphy scored her third goal of the season against Weber State. The Penn Valley, Calif., native scored less than one minute into the match off a free kick by senior Kelly Fullerton. She was assisted by senior Lindsay Winans. The goal was her first since Sept. 3 when she scored against Idaho.
Murphy, who moved from defense to offense this season, has three goals and one assist in her career. She has started 73 games in her career, eighth most in school history.
campbell scores game-winner
Sophomore Sara Campbell scored the game-winning goal against Weber State. The Billings, Mont., native scored in the 44th minute after she chipped the WSU goalkeeper.
Campbell has scored two goals and added two assists in her career at UM.
winans picks up assist
Senior forward Lindsay Winans recorded her second assist of the season on senior forward MacKenzie Murphy's goal against Weber State.
The Tigard, Ore., has recorded four assists in her career. Winans, the Big Sky career recorder holder in shots, ranks sixth at UM with 62 career points.
harris leaves name in record books
Freshman goalkeeper Grace Harris has posted a 0.85 goals against average in 16 games this season, second best in school history. The Missoula, Mont., native is also tied for third in shutouts in a season with six. Harris has played 1,479 minutes in goal this season, 80 minutes short of fifth place for most minutes played in a season.
fullerton solid figure on backline
Senior defender Kelly Fullerton has been a solid fixture in the Grizzly defense. The West Linn, Ore., native has recorded two goals and one assist this season.
Fullerton, a first-team All-Big Sky selection last season, currently ranks ninth in career games started at Montana with 71. She has scored three goals and added five assists in her career.
griz suffer rare shutout
The Grizzlies were shut out for just the third time this season by Idaho State. It was the first time Montana was shut out since the game against Yale on Sept. 10.
UM has posted seven shutouts this season, tied for fifth best in a single season in school history.
wildcats out shoot grizzlies
Montana was out-shot for just the third time this season by Weber State. The Wildats tallied 13 shots to the Grizzlies' seven. WSU even put nine of its shots on goal but it wasn¡¯t enough as UM won the game, 2-1.
scouting the bulldogs
Gonzaga enters the match 9-7-1 overall and 3-2-0 in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs have faced four top 25 teams, including a 6-2 loss at Santa Clara, Saturday, Oct. 22.
GU is a hard-working team that has scored 13 of its 20 goals after halftime. The Bulldogs have also taken 105 of their 187 shots after halftime.
Junior forward Nanda McCormick leads the Bulldogs this season with 14 points. The Seattle, Wash., native has scored six goals, including four game-winners. She has also added two assists while taking 33 shots.
Sophomore midfielder Lacey Castleberry ranks tied for second on the team with three goals. The Pasco, Wash., native has taken 20 shots this season while adding one assist.
Junior forward Cristin Leverson is also tied for second in goals with three. The Richland, Wash., native has put 10 of her 14 shots on goal this season. She also has one assist.
Junior forward Christine Soma, a second-team All-WCC selection last season, is not afraid to shoot, taking 30 shots this season. The Portland, Ore., native has a team-high three assists while adding two goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Jessie Thalman enters the match with a 0.97 goals against average in 17 matches. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native has posted six shutouts while making 63 saves.
scouting the eagles
Eastern Washington enters the match 5-12-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the Big Sky. The Eagles have lost their last five conference matches after defeating Northern Colorado, 2-0, to open Big Sky play.
EWU has been out-shot this season, 300-166, resulting in a 18-34 disadvantage in goals. The Eagles have also received 17 yellow cards this season to their opponents¡¯ seven.
Sophomore Melissa Guthrie leads the Eagles with nine points this season. The West Richland, Wash., native has scored four goals and has added one assist.
Junior forward Shelly Ikerd, a transfer from Walla Walla Community College, has taken a team-high 20 shots this season. The Boise, Idaho, native has scored four goals, including two game-winners.
Senior goalkeeper Tiera Como has appeared in 18 matches this season, posting a 1.89 goals against average. The Spokane, Wash., native has posted two shutouts while making 142 saves.
The Grizzlies lost their final regular season home game to Idaho State, 1-0, Thursday, Oct. 19.
Elizabeth Roberts scored the lone goal of the match for the Bengals in the 71st minute. Roberts chipped the ball over the Montana goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
UM senior Lindsay Winans took a team-high three shots in the rain-soaked match.
The Grizzlies out-shot the Bengals, 11-10, and held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Lyndsay Gensler made four saves in the ISU shutout while freshman Grace Harris made four saves and allowed goal for Montana.
The Grizzlies rebounded Saturday, Oct. 21, with a 2-1 win over Weber State, the defending Big Sky champs in Ogden, Utah.
Senior MacKenzie Murphy scored her third goal of the season less than one minute into the match. She scored off a free kick by senior Kelly Fullerton and was assisted by Lindsay Winans.
Kelsie Ehlers tied the game with her unassisted goal in the 38th minute.
Sophomore Sara Campbell recorded her second goal of the season with her chip shot over the Wildcat goalkeeper in the 44th minute.
Harris made eight saves and allowed one goal for Montana, and Rebecca Ritchie made three saves and allowed two goals for WSU.
WSU out-shot UM, 13-7, but Montana held a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Four yellow cards were also issued in the match, two to each team.
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