Grizzlies drop final match of 2005 to PSU
The University of Montana soccer team lost 1-0 to Portland State Sunday afternoon at South Campus Stadium in Missoula. Freshman forward Sarah Smart scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of play to lift the Vikings to victory in the final match of the 2005 season for both schools.
Montana ends its year at 3-13-1 overall and 1-5 in Big Sky Conference play. Portland State improved to 5-11-2 overall, 2-3-1 in league action. Both the Grizzlies and the Vikings, who were selected to finish as the top two teams in the league's preseason coaches poll, failed to qualify for postseason play. 2005 marks the first time in school history that UM will not participate in the league championship tournament.
The Grizzlies out-shot the Vikings 12-9. PSU recorded 14 fouls in the match and held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Montana was whistled for nine fouls.
Six different players combined to take the Grizzlies' 12 shots. Freshman midfielder Sara Campbell tallied a team-best four shots in the match, one of which was on goal. Senior forward Saraid Faville, junior forward Lindsay Winans and freshman midfielder Rachael Mayer each added two shots for Montana. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Braseth recorded four saves in her final match as a Grizzly.
Portland State was led by Smart who scored the match's only goal from 38 yards out into an empty net. The goal was scored after UM's Braseth left the 18-yard box to clear a ball. The clearance was misplayed and into the possession of PSU's freshman forward who chipped the keeper from distance.
PSU juniors Salina Karia and Kari Otani and senior Megan Plinski each recorded two shots in the match. Senior goalkeeper Nikki Brooks recorded three saves in the contest.
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