Sept. 13, 2002
LAS VEGAS - Montana's McKenzie Zajonc ripped in a leftside free kick in the 105th minute to send the Grizzlies past the UNLV women's soccer team, 2-1, in the second game of the UNLV / FILA Classic Friday night at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
UNLV led for most of the game after taking the early 1-0 lead on a goal scored by senior co-captain Cosette (Joffs) Packer (Henderson, Nev.), her third of the season, on a through ball up the middle from fellow senior Kelly Janke (Bellflower, Calif.) at 16:26.
In the second half, the Grizzlies came back strong by keeping the ball on their side of the field and taking numerous shot attempts. In the 74th minute, Wendy Stucker sent the ball sailing toward the net off a direct free kick from 24-yards out for the game-tying goal. Overtime became necessary thereafter.
Neither team could find the back of the net in OT extending the game for an extra period once more. Four minutes into the fourth period, Zajonc found the golden goal to end the match.
Montana goalkeeper Sarah Braseth earned the win with eight saves, while sophomore goalkeeper Desiree Kelly (Virginia Beach, Va.) took the loss with three saves. This marked a first time meeting between both schools. Montana (2-3) last advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and is an annual contender for the Big Sky Conference title.
The Rebels (3-1-1) continue tournament play on Sunday, Sept. 15 hosting Weber State (2-3) at noon. Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State and Montana follow at 2 p.m. All games played at Peter Johann Memorial Field.