Cowgirl Soccer Downed by Spartans, 3-1

Despite holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, the Wyoming soccer team surrendered three second half goals on Friday afternoon to give the San Jose State Spartans a 3-1 victory over the Cowgirls in San Jose.

It was a scoreless affair for much of the first half between the two teams. The Cowgirls would get on the board in the 33rd minute when Annika Clayton connected with Shaina Ashouri. She would one touch and hit the back of net with a 25-yard shot. For Ashouri, it was her second goal of the season and Clayton’s third assist on the year. It would be the only goal of the half with UW going into the break ahead 1-0. San Jose State responded just six minutes out of halftime as Dorthe Hoppius recorded her fourth goal of the season from Darriell Franklin to even up the score at 1-1. The Spartans stayed aggressive with two goals by Alexi Venegas at the 65th and 69th minute to make it 3-1 which proved to be the final score.

“Today was one of the more physical teams that we played all year,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “We handled it fairly well for most of the first half and did a good job possessing the ball. To go into the locker room up 1-0 at the half, we were very pleased with that. In the second half, I felt we were getting pushed around a bit. We’ve got to step up and match that intensity when that happens and we got away from our game plan. Obviously, we need to regroup and get ready for Sunday.”

Wyoming was held to a season low two shots on Friday afternoon compared to the 13 by the Spartans. Alisha Bass was the other Cowgirl with a shot in the game. Four Cowgirls each played the entire 90 minutes of the game. Wyoming now trails in the all-time series with San Jose State is 2-5-0.

UW continues its road swing on Sunday against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The match is set for 1 p.m. MT. The live stream for the match will be available through GoWyo.com, and will also be available for viewing on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com and on Campus Insiders at CampusInsiders.com. Live stats can be found at the links above. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYOSOCCER) for live updates throughout each match.