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The Montana women's soccer team will get its postseason started on Thursday at 3 p.m. when the Big Sky regular season champs play No. 4 seed Northern Colorado.

The Grizzlies are looking for their second-straight conference tournament title and NCAA appearance. The Bears beat Northern Arizona in the quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon, while top-seeded Montana received a first-round bye.

Northern Colorado and Montana tied 1-1 during the regular season. The Grizzlies are led by Rita Lang, who tied for eighth this season in the conference for goals scored.

Montana has one of the stingiest defenses in the Big Sky, allowing 0.78 goals per game and just 14 as a team on the season. Goalkeeper Claire Howard was second in the league with nine shouts and holds the Montana record for most clean sheets in team history.

Northern Colorado was fourth in the league in goals scored, netting 22 in 20 games. Of those 20 goals, 17 were assisted, the second-highest mark in the conference.

Olivia Seddon and Taylor Bray led the Bears with four goals apiece this season. Northern Colorado snuck past NAU 2-1 in the quarterfinals, with the goal scored by Lexi Pulley in extra time.

The winner of the semifinal round will play either two seed Sacramento State or three seed Eastern Washington in the finals for an automatic NCAA bid.

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