MISSOULA, Mont. — The Sacramento State women's soccer team tallied 17 shots but was unable to find the goal in a 1-0 loss at Montana on Friday. The Griz moved to 7-5-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Big Sky Conference play while the Hornets dropped to 6-6-2 and 1-2-2.
The teams played to a scoreless first half with Montana outshooting Sacramento State, 8-6. Goalkeeper Aaliyah Fesili was forced to make four saves in the opening 45 minutes for the Hornets compared to one from Claire Howard of Montana.
Sacramento State upped its offensive performance in the second half, creating several good scoring opportunities. Freshman Skyler Littlefield rifled a shot from 25 yards out just wide of the frame in the 62nd minute. Five minutes later, fellow freshman Kylee Kim-Bustillos was able to stay onside to create a one-on-one opportunity against Howard who was able to take the ball of Kim-Bustillos' foot. Bonnie Ford provided the next great chance as she crushed a shot from the top of the 18 that hammered off the cross bar.
During that stretch, the Hornet defense was able to slow the Griz attack. That changed in the 84th minute when Montana served a ball into the box from right side. The routine looking pass was pushed by a strong cross wind and drew Fesili well outside the 6-yard box. The freshman keeper then became tangled up with Ashlee Pedersen while chasing down the loose ball and Alexa Coyle was able to tap it home into the open net. Fesili was also shaken up on the play and was replaced by Kaylyn Evans.
Sacramento State pushed nearly all its players into the offensive zone in search of the equalizer in the final minutes. Kim-Bustillos had one shot which was blocked in the 88th minute.
The Hornets outshot UM, 17-16, during the game but the Grizzlies held a 7-4 advantage on shots on goal. Sacramento State had five corner kicks during the contest and was whistled for 10 fouls. Montana concluded the game with 13 fouls and did not attempt a corner.
Caitlin Prothe led the Hornets with four shot attempts while Littlefield and Kim-Bustillos each had three. Montana had four players with three shots.
Sacramento State will next play at Portland State on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.