FRESNO, Calif. - Wyoming women’s soccer earned its first conference road win of the 2016 season on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Fresno State Bull Dogs, 2-1.
Wyoming (8-7-1, 4-4-0 MW) struck first in the 40th minute when junior defender Alisha Bass led a counter-attack down the field before laying a pass off for junior forward Shaina Ashouri. The Parker, Colorado native buried the opportunity to put UW ahead just before halftime. The Cowgirls looked to carry their lead into the intermission, but Fresno State (7-8-1, 2-5-1 MW) equalized in the 42nd minute on an unassisted goal from Julia Glaser.
The game remained tied for much of the second half, until Bass created another goal-scoring opportunity for the Cowgirls. Bass’s pass found sophomore forward Jessie Gentle, who put the goal away to put Wyoming back on top. The Bulldogs continued to pressure UW for the final 20 minutes, logging 11 second-half shots, but Wyoming managed to keep the home from finding another equalizer. Gentle’s goal proved to be the game-winner, ending Fresno State’s six-game home unbeaten streak.
“I thought it was a great team effort, all around,” UW head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “Georgia Rowntree played one of her best games this season and made a couple big saves for us. I thought our forwards did a good job of holding the ball, connecting with each other and being really dangerous. Fresno State is such a strong team at home, and to come here and get a win is huge for us.”
Junior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree ended the day with four saves, earning her eighth win of the year. Bass is the first UW player this season to tally multiple assists in a single game. Ashouri now has three goals on the year after back-to-back scoring performances. Gentle’s game-winner was the first of her Cowgirl career, becoming the fifth UW player to notch a game-winning goal this season. Freshman midfielder Brooklynn Mooney played a complete 90 minutes for the first time in her career.
Wyoming closes out its three-game road trip next Friday, Oct. 21, at New Mexico. The matchup with the Lobos is slated for 7:30 p.m. MT. The Cowgirls will then return home to face the San Diego State Aztecs at 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. The live stream of both matches 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 are available at GoWyo.com. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYOSOCCER) for live updates throughout each match.