2022 Griz Soccer Thread

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August has arrived and pretty soon, so will Griz soccer!

The only major losses the team had in the offseason were the two fifth-year Taylors (Hansen and Stoeger, the former now playing for the 1st-year AND 1st-place San Diego Wave of the NWSL) plus lockdown defender Caitlin Rogers. The team also lost Zoe Transtrum, Sami Siems, Kendall Furrow, and Emme Fernandez.

Despite the losses of Hansen, Rogers, and Stoeger...I believe the team may be as good if not better than a year ago. Top returning goal scorer Sydney Haustein had a breakthrough season last year and may be the top offensive threat (especially when a clutch goal is needed), but you don't want to sleep on Skyleigh Thompson, who really impressed last season as a true freshman on the attack. Jaden Griggs is also a potential scoring threat (she had a hat trick against MSU Billings last season, but didn't score again until the conference championship game against Weber State).

Out in the midfield, Molly Massman (along with Haustein) is back, but the addition of two transfers in Kathleen Aitchison (Nebraska) and Maysa Walters (New Mexico) will make to midfield corps much stronger. Returning sophomore Bella O'Brien and incoming freshmen Maddie Ditta and Emma Pascoe join a veteran group.

On the backline, McKenzie Kilpatrick is using her extra year this season, and along with fellow captain Allie Larsen, will be patrolling the top back end in the conference. I get the sense that Molly Quarry and Charley Boone will take the places of Hansen and Rogers as starters, but Ally Henrikson and Maddie Seelhoff could be contributors in the back as well.

But I would be remissed if I forgot about the top goalkeeper in the conference in Cam Xu. She broke goalkeeping records left and right last season (including a program record for shutouts last season with 11). Joining her is redshirt freshman (and Missoula Hellgate alum) Sophia Pierce and two true freshmen - Ashlyn Dvorak (from Billings West) and Washington native Shelby Stordahl.

First game is an exhibition match against Trinity Western on August 15 in Missoula, with their first regular season game against Creighton three days later (8/18).

Let the title defense begin!
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A big question will be how the departure (and timing) of J Landham will affect the team, specifically the goalkeepers and defense. UM hired Coach Ansah (https://gogriz.com/news/2022/7/11/socce ... staff.aspx) as a volunteer assistant but might need someone with more experience coaching collegiately going forward to fill Landham's position.

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Thanks a ton for this season preview, MissoulaCanucksFan! I've followed the Griz Soccer team for the past several years, but as a relative newbie fan of soccer, often get caught up in the action without full awareness of who is who on the field (even though they have numbers :oops: ). I've also wondered how the late departure of J Landham might impact the team. Tough to be two weeks away from official practice short an important coach. Regardless, here's for another banner season from the Griz soccer squad.

Here's a good preview from GoGriz. https://gogriz.com/news/2022/8/1/soccer ... -step.aspx
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We didn't need to wait long to find out who J. Landham's replacement will be.

Meet Damian Macias, the former head coach at D2 Missouri Western: https://gogriz.com/news/2022/8/3/soccer ... staff.aspx
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Wow. This looks like a great hire by coach Cito!. Welcome coach Macias! Reminds me of men's hoops coach, Wayne Tinkle, hiring Bill Evans as his assoc. head coach. Very positive addition. Go Griz SOC.

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Anybody at today's game that can give updates for out-of-towners? I can understand not putting an exhibition game on ESPN+ but I'm a little disappointed that there aren't even updates on the team's Twitter/FB pages or a stat tracker from GoGriz.
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DoubleNicks wrote: Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:25 pm Anybody at today's game that can give updates for out-of-towners? I can understand not putting an exhibition game on ESPN+ but I'm a little disappointed that there aren't even updates on the team's Twitter/FB pages or a stat tracker from GoGriz.
Only a picture gallery posted by UM so far.
https://gogriz.com/galleries/womens-soc ... 5-22-/3275

But according to Trinity Western's website, it ended in a 1-1 tie.
Recap: https://gospartans.ca/news/2022/8/15/wo ... endly.aspx
Boxscore: https://gospartans.ca/sports/womens-soc ... score/5171
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Current game at University of Portland is on local TV, though it’s on a station that tends to rely on internet feeds and is reminiscent of Timbers games on endlessly buffered streams 15 years ago.

UP scored in the first half and are spending most of the second half in the Griz half.
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This happened in the 2nd half.



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At ESPN Montana, Andrew Houghton (the producer of my daily radio show Nuanez Now) is also a contributing writer and podcaster at Skyline Sports. And he launched this podcast property: Soccer in Snow and Smoke.

He'll cover Griz soccer heavily. He's also been doing play by play and color for the Griz soccer streams. Check out the podcast!





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Andrew does a great job with the Snow and Smoke podcasts. :thumb:

From tonight, Griz come back from 1-0 deficit from a penalty kick (Sac. player ran into Xu but called foul on Xu) and ended up winning 2-1.
Also, PSU just beat Northern Colorado 1-0 in Greeley. Bears now on a 5 game losing streak, I believe. PSU looked much improved from last season but Northern Colorado also looked worse. But that's the first full game I've seen of each this year, so small sample size...

Good start to conference. Sidenote, even though the Griz won regular season titles in 2019 and the 2021 Spring season, they have yet to host the conference tourney under Citowicki. 2020 season was canceled and 2021 Spring tourney was preset to Ogden to host (I think, to supposedly make things easier logistically during the pandemic). Then, Greeley got to host last Fall (I'm not sure why).
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