Cowgirls Drop First Match of 2016 to Iowa, 3-2

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (Aug. 28, 2016) – Senior defender Katie Marcheso twice netted goals for the Cowgirls, but a late goal from the Hawkeyes would give Iowa the win on Sunday afternoon, 3-2.

A barrage of Iowa (3-1-0) shots in the early going resulted in a 10th-minute goal, which left Wyoming (2-1-1) trailing for the first time this season. The Cowgirls struggled to generate offense over the first half hour of play, not tallying their first shot until the 32nd minute. Not long after, though, Marcheso put home her first goal of 2016 to level the score.

The score would remain at 1-1 heading into the intermission, which lasted more than an hour due to a rain delay, but the game would finally resume with both teams looking to earn a positive result. Wyoming struck first in the 74th minute after earning a penalty kick. With one goal already to her credit, Marcheso buried her opportunity to put the Cowgirls in front.

The lead proved to be short-lived, however, as the Hawkeyes earned a penalty of their own just three minutes later to bring the score even again at 2-2. Iowa’s Bri Toelle, who netted the game’s first goal, then bookended the day’s scoring in the 82nd minute. Her second goal would be enough to earn the Hawkeyes the win. Devin Burns of Iowa, who was involved in both of Toelle’s goals, finished the day with a game-high two assists.

“It’s a very tough loss,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “This one hurts a lot. To have a 2-1 lead with 13 minutes left in regulation and lose 3-2 is tough. I thought we played pretty well for the first 70 minutes. Unfortunately, you have to play 90 and we had a few mental lapses that cost us the game. Hopefully we learn from this one and it makes us better.”

Marcheso’s two-goal game marked the first multiple-goal performance from a Cowgirl since junior forward Shaina Ashouri notched three goals against Idaho State last season (9/18/15). Marcheso also jumped to the top of Wyoming’s points list, now leading the team with four. Junior defender Alisha Bass and junior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree each played a full 90 minutes. Rowntree has played every minute of the 2016 season thus far, and Bass has played complete games in Wyoming’s last three contests.

Up next for the Cowgirls is a weekend road slate. Wyoming will first play UTEP on Friday at 7 p.m. MT, and then end its three-game road trip at New Mexico State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. MT.