MISSOULA, Mont. -

The fall sports season will officially kick off Friday for the University of Montana as the Grizzly soccer team will do the honors.

After an exhibition contest with Carroll this past weekend that ended in a scoreless draw, the Grizzlies will have their first contest that counts when they battle on the road at Air Force at 6:00 on Friday, August 22.

Montana is hoping for a better result than their 7-8-4 record last season when they missed out on the Big Sky Conference tournament for the first time in three seasons under head coach Mark Plakorus.

As usual they will have plenty of tough tests over their first month of non-conference play. The Grizzlies will be on the road for their first seven games, playing up against big-time opponents like Wyoming, Washington State, Texas and Missouri.

"It will be a crazy month and I think it will be the month that we can prove to the youngsters that we've all done this before and we can do it again,” said senior captain Tyler Adair. “Kind of get through that month of hard work and be like okay that was a confidence builder."

"I know we are beyond excited and we're going to some really cool places and we're always up for that challenge,” added senior Brooke Moody.  “Traveling is always hard with school and all that stuff but we make it work and that's a strong point of our team."

The UM soccer team won’t have their home opener in Missoula until September 19th when they take on Colorado State in the Montana Invitational tournament.