The University of Montana team cheers and congratulates injured goal-scorer Rita Lang after the win over Weber State University on Oct. 4, 2019

The University of Montana soccer team lost to Northern Colorado in overtime Nov. 8, eliminating Montana from the Big Sky Championship game and the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

The Griz, regular-season champions of the Big Sky Conference, fell in the eighth minute of overtime to a score by Northern Colorado’s Taylor Bray, which ended the game automatically, 1-2.

The game, played in Greeley, Colorado, was the first conference loss for Montana in the past 18 matches against Big Sky opponents.

UNC first scored in the 15th minute after UNC forward Maddie Barlow sent a free kick into Montana’s box. Each team only shot 7 goals on target throughout the match.

Montana responded late in the 79th minute with a goal by junior Alexa Coyle, which leveled the game 1-1 with only 10 minutes remaining in regular time.

The back-and-forth game gave no advantages to either team as the first 90 minutes expired, triggering a pair of overtime periods, each lasting 10 minutes.

In overtime, the Griz led a strong attack on Northern Colorado’s goal, which opened a counter-attack from the opposing team.

Northern Colorado will go on to play Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Championship game, Nov. 11.