The winning goal came just over 66 minutes into play when sophomore Liz Roberts (Helena, Mont.) dribbled the ball up the side and dished it off to senior Shannon Forslund (Tacoma, Wash.) who sent it into the right corner from 18-yards out.
The 19th ranked Cougars outshot Montana 15 to 10 in the game and 10 to five in the first half, while shots on goal were eight to four in favor of the Cougars. Senior Deka DeWitt (Auburn, Wash.) had four shots on goal to end her Washington State career.
The snow, never letting up was a factor in the game for both teams, delaying the kickoff by 20 minutes while the field was shoveled and plowed and making for slippery grounds.
"I really shoulder a lot of the blame for not doing a better job of having my team adapt their playing style to the conditions and that's just not smart on my part," head coach Dan Tobias said about today's loss, "but despite that I thought we played very well. The conditions were very difficult and I thought we had most of the run of play, especially early in the first half. We had some chances that didn't happen to go in."
The Cougars season has come to an end at 13-7-0, just one win short of the all-time record. The NCAA appearance was the second in the program's history and it was the first time WSU has hosted NCAA soccer play.
Montana will take a nine-game win streak to Washington for the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon PT. The first four rounds of tournament play will be held at host schools and the semi and final games will be played in San Jose, Calif. at San Jose State University Dec. 1 and 3.