Montana bounced back to beat Idaho State 2-0 on Sunday (MTN Sports photo).

MISSOULA – If Griz football wants a lesson on how to bounce back from a loss in your league opener, they could just ask the Montana soccer team.

The Grizzlies had an awful performance against Idaho on Friday, losing 4-1. And head coach Mark Plakorus openly questioned his team’s toughness and heart. But Montana showed up on Sunday, looking much more like the team that played great in the non-conference schedule, shutting out Idaho State, 2-0.

“We really were out there to do our best and show everybody that we belong in this conference,” said forward and midfielder McKenzie Warren. “We weren’t going to let one loss get us down. We were going to show that we still had some fight in us. We had a little passion, a little heart. We were out there to compete and show what we’ve got.”

“I know what these guys can do,” said Plakorus. “And we haven’t bee showing it over these last few weeks, certainly we didn’t show it Friday. But definitely showed a lot more on Sunday. And hopefully we can now just kind of get rolling again, and really show people what we can do.”

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Montana takes a tough road trip this week, traveling to Sacramento State on Friday, and Portland State on Sunday.