Colorado State women’s soccer team was unable to string together its first win streak of the season Friday afternoon, coming up scoreless in a 2-0 road loss to the Montana Grizzlies.
A pair of first half goals was enough to carry the Grizzlies through the rest of the match for the win. CSU came out with several on-point shot attempts to try to spark a comeback, but never found the back of the net.
Before the Grizzlies struck their first goal, the Rams looked dangerous on a Janelle Stone cross that placed the ball directly in front of the eight-yard box, but no CSU player was there for the connection.
Montana senior midfielder Tyler Adair put the Grizzlies on the board in the 20th minute, striking in a pass from senior Payton Wheeler.
The Rams nearly scored on a header set up by a free kick from defender Jami Vaughn, but the ball barely sailed over the crossbar.
Rams’ goalkeeper Jesse McGinley stopped a Montana fast break with a deflection that forced the shot wide in the 32nd minute, but the Grizzlies quickly followed with a run in the 33rd minute that the Rams were unable stop. Freshman Hallie Widner kicked it past McGinley on the play, increasing the score the 2-0.
The half ended with another dangerous Rams cross that ended being intercepted by Montana goalkeeper Kailey Norman, sending the Rams into the break down 2-0.
CSU started the second half with added intensity, rattling off a slew of shots that nearly found the back of the net. Mikaila Arao put a low shot on goal early, but it was fielded by Norman. Another Rams cross was on target for forward Maddie Rodriquez’s head, but was cleared away by Grizzly defenders.
CSU defender Megan Speed prevented the score from moving to 3-0 when she hustled to back up Rams’ goalkeeper Jesse McGinley, whom a shot took a one-hop bounce over before Speed cleared it off the line.
The Rams ended the game without putting a goal on the scoreboard, sliding to a 2-5 record. Colorado State headed into Missoula coming off a win last Sunday over College of Charleston. CSU will have a chance to go .500 on the weekend with another match Sunday at 1 p.m. in Missoula against Eastern Washington. A win would put the Rams at 2-2 over their last four games before they start Mountain West conference play next Friday at home against UNLV. Montana moved up to 4-4 on the season.