Montejo's late goal not enough as Nevada falls to Portland State
Miranda Montejo's penalty kick in the 81st minute brought Nevada to within a goal but the Pack couldn't find the back of the net again as Portland State recorded a 2-1 win over Nevada Sunday afternoon at Mackay Stadium.
The Vikings' (1-1) Tarah Authier scored Portland State's first goal in the 30th minute when she finished a cross from teammate Dolly Enneking. Frankie Ross increased the Vikings lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute when she scored an unassisted goal.
The Wolf Pack recorded 18 shots in the game (nine on goal) while Portland State recorded five (four on goal). Samantha Miller took a game-high four shots including a blast in the 58th minute that went just over the crossbar.
The Pack had a good look in the 4th minute when Miller got the ball played to her out wide on the right. She got a cross off that Kenishia Warren narrowly missed finishing on the back post.
"Our main goal now is to try and focus and prepare for the first half of the game," said interim head coach Antoinette Marjanovic. "We were flat in the first half again and it resulted in getting two goals scored on us."
After a sluggish first half, Nevada played the majority of the second half in Portland State's territory. In the 51st minute Vanessa Mann hit a free kick from 30 yards out that just went over the top of the goal. In the 79th minute, Jill Erickson played Warren in behind the Portland State defense but Viking keeper Cris Lewis was able to make the save.
Montejo's goal in the 81st minute came after Cristen Drummond was taken down in the box. Montejo's attempt beat Lewis to the left but Portland State was able to post the 2-1 win. With the goal, Montejo has recorded 38 career points and is just two points away from becoming the Pack's all-time leader in points. Kaula Rowe (2000-03) currently holds the career record in points with 39. Montejo (15 career goals) is now also four goals away from becoming the Pack's career leader in goals. Rowe also holds the top spot in the career goals category with 18 goals.
Nevada goalkeeper Marie Cove played the full game for the Pack and made two saves including coming off her line in the 27th minute to block Sarah Smart's shot. Lewis made eight saves for the Vikings.
Nevada's next match is Friday, Sept. 7 at Arizona. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. MT.