2023 Griz Soccer thread

Griz Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Recruiting & More
Post Reply
Posts: 320
Joined: Tue May 09, 2006 12:07 am
Location: Missoula, MT
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 1 time

This offseason has been quite an active one for Griz soccer. Just like with football, they're in the middle of their spring season. So here has what has happened this offseason.

J. Landham is back on the coaching staff, after spending last season coaching the goalkeepers at Villanova. Which means that Damian Macias is no longer with the program. And Landham's return couldn't have come at a better time. Why you ask? Because Cam Xu--the British Columbian brick wall--entered the transfer portal and announced her decision to transfer to Minnesota (IMO a massive step up going from a mid-major to a Power 5). Sophia Pierce (a Missoula Hellgate alum) also left the team. This will mean that come fall, there will be four goalkeepers without a second of collegiate soccer playing experience. Only returning GKs are Ashlyn Dvorak and Shelby Stordahl, with incoming freshmen Bayliss Flynn and Devan Webb joining them. I don't think this young group of goalkeepers couldn't have asked for a better mentor than J. Landham.

The team added multiple transfers in the offseason: D Hazel Dirk (Kansas), F Abby Gearhart (Bucknell), F Audrey Teague (Regis), and D Mia Parkhurst (Georgia). I'd be very curious to see how they will fit into Chris Citowicki's system. Allie Larsen and Molly Massman will be playing their fifth-year seasons at defending league champion NAU.

In spite of all of the big changes that have taken place (I wouldn't be shocked if there were more between now and August), the Griz have plenty of great players coming back. They're returning their star goal-scorer Delaney Lou Schorr and do-everything midfielder Maysa Walters, as well as the Sin City Silencer in Sydney Haustein, who is using her COVID year in the fall.

With the loss of Larsen and the graduation of McKenzie Kilpatrick, seniors to be Charley Boone and Molly Quarry both have big shoes to fill on the back line. Hazel Dirk and Mia Parkhurst should very much be in the mix to join them, as do Maddie Seelhoff and Ally Henrikson (who ended up redshirting after an early season injury ended her 2022 season). Additional depth in the back includes Georgia Boone (Charley's sister), Reeve Borseth, and incoming freshman Riley Carolan and Lucie Rokos.

Out on the midfield (along with Walters and Haustein), UM returns Kat Aitchison (who like Haustein, is using her COVID year), junior Bella O'Brien, and sophomores Maddie Ditta and Emma Pascoe. The incoming freshman joining a very veteran group of mids is Perrin Perrington of Georgia.

And on the attack, Schorr is back, as are fellow juniors Ava Samuelson and Skyleigh Thompson, along with the transfers in Audrey Teague and Abby Gearhart. Sophomores Riley O'Brien, Kayla Rendon Bushmaker, and Eliza Bentler are joined by freshmen Abby Smith and Taija Anderson.
Montana Grizzlies | Seattle Seahawks | Seattle Mariners | Vancouver Canucks | Seattle Sounders FC | Washington Huskies
User avatar
Posts: 2722
Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:54 pm
Location: Missoula
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 34 times

Thanks! Wow, a lot of changes. Good to see coach Landham back.
User avatar
Posts: 1946
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:39 pm
Location: Kalispell
Been liked: 2 times

Anybody hear how the 2 Spring exhibitions/scrimmages against Idaho State and BYU went today? There's some pics on the Griz Soccer twitter page but no score noted. From ISU's twitter, one of the pics looks like ISU is celebrating a goal.
Post Reply