CAPTAIN'S DIARY: MONTANA AND IDAHO
September 18, 2006
After a hard fought weekend against Northwest rivals Montana and Idaho, we came through with two victories improving our record to 5-2-1 overall. On Friday, we played Montana who is always a very strong, physical team and it was no different this year. We took the lead early after a great header from Elysse Van Leer off of a corner kick. Montana fought back and towards the end of the first half tied the game. Towards the start of the second half, Kim Bonnes took an amazing left-footed shot from the top of the box that soared into the upper right corner of the goal. We won the game 2-1 and carried the momentum of the win with us into Sunday's game against Idaho.
Idaho brought a different challenge. Being a mere eight miles away, this game brought with it bragging rights for the winning team. There was a good sized crowd at the game, and it was about equal Washington State and Idaho fans. Early into the game Kim Bonnes had a stellar header that beat the Idaho keeper. A few minutes later, Carly Dobratz finished a deflection to put us up 2-0. The game was hard-fought and intense. We possessed the ball well at times and had some good combination play.
Overall, the weekend came to a close with two positive results. We are looking forward to going to Seattle this week for the Pac-10/Mountain West Challenge. We play New Mexico on Thursday and BYU on Friday, which brings two new challenges for us. We are excited to use the depth of our bench and are hoping to come out with two positive results against two very good teams.
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