MISSOULA, Mont. - Utah Valley University got a goal late from Haley Curtis, but it wasn't enough as UVU fell to Montana, 3-1, Monday night at South Campus Stadium.
UVU (1-5-0) departs the Montana Cup with a pair of losses, as it also came up short Friday night against former Great West Conference rival Houston Baptist, 1-0.
Two nights removed from a season-high 10 shots on goal against HBU, the Wolverines struggled to find chances against the home standing Grizzlies (2-2-2) and senior goalkeeper Kendra McMillen. UVU fired 12 shots in the match but only two were on target as McMillen finished the match with a single save in 90 minutes.
Three goals marks the highest offensive output on the young season for UM, which fired 19 shots in the match and got a trio of goals from three different players. Tyler Adair scored her second in as many games in the first half, heading home a chip into the box from Mackenzie Akins. Indai Watne, who led the Griz with seven shot attempts, picked up her first goal on the season in the 71st minute, while Akins added the finishing touches to a great individual performance when she found the back of the net on a blast from 25 yards in the 80th. Akins had a hand in all three UM goals, finishing the match with a goal and two assists.
Curtis did tally her third goal of the season in the 84th minute, nodding home a deflection in the box off a long ball forward from Maddie Adams. But the score was merely a consolation as the Wolverines suffered a multi-goal defeat for the first time in 16 matches.
Curtis' four shot attempts led UVU followed by two more from Lexi Robison. Along with Lexi Felis, Robison played a team-high 81 minutes Monday night. For the second straight match, goalkeepers Lauren Sack and Jessica Duffin split goalkeeping duties. Sack came away with four saves while Duffin secured two.
The non-conference season winds to a close Sunday as Utah Valley returns to Orem for a matchup with UC Davis. That match, the first between the two schools since 2008, will kick off at 11 a.m. at Clyde Field.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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