As the Griz soccer teams gets their first practices of the new season under way they do so under tremendous leadership. Their team captains Tyler Adair, Brooke Moody and Allie Simon recently won some of the first ever Monte Awards, including most inspirational athlete, most Griz spirit and student athlete of the year.
"I'm so thankful and so proud to be a Griz and so to get those was just awesome and i don't even look at it like I got an award I look at it as our team is going to be strong hopefully," said Adair.
"I mean I am beyond grateful for that and it makes me want to work that much harder and I am so proud of my teammates as well and there's a lot more to accomplish so I'm excited to achieve that," said Moody.
Head Coach Mark Plakorus says he's extremely proud of his captains for the way they represent the program and set great examples for the younger classes.
"It's testament to them on how much they love being a Grizzly and how they represent the University of Montana, how well rounded they are as young student-athletes. A lot of people just see the athlete part of things but these young ladies are true student-athletes in everything they do in the community and they love representing the Griz," said Plakorus.
Adair got the award for most Griz spirit and it's pretty easy to tell why she did.
"Oh my gosh I love going to games anything so I am all about the Grizzlies and i love it.
The three captains also have a combined GPA of 3.66.
"I think it does show about our team and the way that Mark has put our influence on us and we are a special group of girls and I think it's going to reflect on the field as well," said Moody.