Wyoming soccer gave up two early goals in the first half on Friday afternoon, as the UNLV Rebels earned a 3-1 victory over the Cowgirls in Laramie. It was the first home loss of the season for UW.
The Cowgirls were aggressive out of the gate with three early shots. At the 15:28 mark, Jordan Magnin connected on a goal from Sophie Cortes to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage. UNLV stayed aggressive as Magnin doubled the lead in the 35th minute from Lily Sender taking a 2-0 lead to the locker room. In the second half, both teams played solid defense until a loose ball in the box put in by Michaela Morris made it 3-0 in favor of the Rebels. With time winding down, freshman Brooklynn Mooney scored her first career goal with a shot to the upper right corner. It was also just the second career start for Mooney.
“Obviously we are looking for answers as a team. I thought the game plan, our energy was good and had our chances which was the difference in the game," head coach Pete Cuadrado said. "We struggled with our execution and finishing our opportunities, unfortunately from the box in you need to finish especially with a few easy ones. UNLV came through on their end and that was the difference in the game. The energy and effort was good, but we’ve just got to get better.”
Wyoming (4-6-1, 0-3-0) was held to eight shots on Friday afternoon. Alisha Bass led the Cowgirls in shots tallying two attempts. Taylor Burton and Claire Parker each played all 90 minutes. Wyoming now trails in the all-time series with the Rebels 5-13-3.
Wyoming continues its homestand on Sunday against Nevada beginning at 12 p.m. The live stream of 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 are available at GoWyo.com. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYOSOCCER) for live updates throughout the match.