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As a defender, Jennifer Larsen is pretty good on offense, too.

Moved to the other side of the field during a substitution change in the first half, the senior scored two goals to help Montana State Billings dominate Northern State 3-0 Saturday afternoon.

The win clinched the 10th Annual Montana Cup title for the Yellowjackets (2-0). They beat No. 5-ranked Colorado Mines on Friday.

Northern State (0-1) and Mines (0-1) play Sunday at Yellowjacket Field at 1 p.m.

“It was a huge win for us Friday,’’ said Larsen, a three-time all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference defender for MSUB. “It was never in my mind we would have a let down. I knew we would come out hard and not accept a loss.”

The Yellowjackets peppered the Wolves with 23 shots, 16 on goal.

By contrast, the MSUB defense limited NSU to just four shots, three on goal. The Wolves did not get a shot in the second half.

“We’re playing well together as a team,’’ Larsen said. “We’ve got some freshmen starting this year and they’re filling their roles nicely.”

Yellowjacket head coach Wojtek Krakowiak declined to say why he moved Larsen from defender to forward during the game.

“He just decided today it would be a good idea,’’ said Larsen. “It’s a little bit of a change. Instead of clearing it, you have to have an attacking mindset.”

The teamwork was on display on the first goal late in the first half. Whitney Siler started the play with a long kick down the left side to Alisa Sagdahl. Sagdahl promptly directed a crossing pass in front of the net to Larsen, who was sprinting in from the middle.

She scored easily from four yards out.

“Right place, right time kind of thing,’’ Larsen said of her first goal of 2012. “I saw the ball coming down the field and knew Alisa was going to cross it to the right.”

Larsen added her second goal early in the second half, bending a shot into the back left corner.

Larsen scored three goals last season. She had six shots Saturday, five on goal. Teammate Jaucelyn Richter fired seven shots, seven on goal for MSUB.

Katlyn Lokay scored her first collegiate goal in the 77th minute lofting a high shot from 20 yards out. The ball glanced off the goal keeper’s hand and fell back into the net.

“In both matches, we created a lot of chances,’’ said Krakowiak. “We had a lot of shots on goal. We’re clicking as a team. We moved the ball well today, found each other and had great teamwork.”

MSUB travels to Phoenix, Ariz., next weekend for matches against Dixie State and Grand Canyon. The Yellowjackets return home Sept. 13 and start GNAC play against Seattle Pacific.


High School Sports, Rodeo Reporter

Sports writer for The Billings Gazette.