The University of Great Falls women's soccer team saw its record-breaking season come to an end Friday with a 3-1 loss to No. 22 Westminster in the Frontier/North Star Conference Tournament semifinals.
The Griffins (14-3-2) advance to the conference finals Sunday against Rocky Mountain College. UGF ends its season 9-8-2.
Westminster took a 2-0 lead before Kandace Leliefeld cut the deficit to a single goal in the second half. The Griffins added an insurance goal to put the game away.
“We just came out a little flat in the first half and Westminster really came at us,” UGF coach Brian Clarke said. “We ran out of gas. It's tough to play this type of tournament format, but that's how they go. You have to get up and be ready to go.”
It was nevertheless an historic season for the Lady Argos, who set a single-season school record for wins en route to the first winning record in program history.
Senior striker Dani De La Vina set the single-game (five), single-season (11) and career (18) records for goals.
“This game wasn't the definition of our season,” Clarke said. “It's been a great season. We set all kinds of individual and team records, and we have a great foundation moving forward.”
The Lady Argos put together a pair of four-game winning streaks throughout the year. UGF consistently received contributions from a bevy of different players.
“We had a great combination of players from all classes step up and play this year,” Clarke said. “We have some great young players step up and are rising. We're definitely going to miss our seniors, but we have people stepping into those roles and will keep the team moving forward.”
The Argos graduate starting goalkeeper Jocelyn Morris, defenders Leliefeld and Kendra DeJanovich, and De La Vina.