Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|Vandals drop heartbreaker|
BOISE, Idaho – Head coach Peter Showler saw the intensity, the mindset and the possession that he wanted from University of Idaho women’s soccer on Sunday, but not the result in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to Montana.
“It was night and day from Friday,” Showler said of the game, compared to Friday’s 2-0 loss to Idaho State. “It’s a cruel game sometimes, because we deserved something out of that. It was a great team effort and they worked together, but they just didn’t get what they deserved today.”
After a scoreless first half, Idaho started a flurry of scores when freshman midfielder Meli Cortez put in a loose ball from 12 yards out at 49:50. Montana answered at 57:11 with a deep shot from Lauren McCreath, but Showler said he liked the way the Vandals responded.
“She unleashed a 40-yard shot that went through a few people and Liz just had no chance,” Showler said. “Our heads didn’t drop and we came right back at them, then Meli got taken down in the box and Chelsea (Small) slotted the penalty right in.”
Small’s penalty kick at 59:34 put the Vandals back up 2-1 at 59:34, but the Griz struck 15 minutes later to equalize off a corner kick at 74:05.
Idaho’s second half of regulation included two missed shots off posts and one more from Cortez off the crossbar. The Vandals dominated possession in overtime, but surrendered a corner kick in the 107th minute and gave up a rebound shot for the game-winner at 107:00 to Montana’s Mackenzie Akins.
“We had a lot of possession, the girls played with passion, determination and a lot of fight,” Showler said. “It’s disappointing when you come away like that when you have a majority of the possession. They should be proud of their performance today.”
Montana outshot Idaho 25-17 overall and 11-6 on goal. The Griz held a narrow 8-7 edge in corners and had nine fouls to Idaho’s seven.
Vandal senior goalkeeper Liz Boyden made seven saves, while UM’s Kristen Hoon had four. Small led all players with eight total shots, three of which were on goal.
Small’s score was the 34th goal, 80th point and second successful penalty kick of her career. Cortez netted her second goal of the season in just her sixth match as a Vandal and is now second on the team with five points this season.
The Vandal women have a tough path ahead of them as they trip to Miami, Fla., this weekend for matches at Miami on Friday at 4 p.m. (PT) and then at Florida International on Sunday at 3 p.m. (PT). Both schools were NCAA Tournament qualifiers last season.
“We’ve got a great trip and we’re playing in some fantastic facilities against some great teams,” Showler said of the matches. “That’s what you prepare for and the girls are ready.”