Cowgirl Soccer Plays Tough, Loses to Colorado in Exhibition Match

Aug. 14, 2009


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The lone exhibition match for the Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team was an evenly matched game throughout, but the Cowgirls lost to the Colorado Buffaloes 1-0 in Laramie.

"Both teams came out rusty which can be expected in the first action of the season," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "Overall we learned a lot against a quality team in Colorado. Our defense was solid and although we didn't have a lot of chances to score I am pleased with the effort today."

In the first half the Cowgirls out-shot CU 4-3, three of those shots being on goal. Freshman Courtney Merkle started at goalkeeper for Wyoming and had great defense in front of her. Junior Bostyn Burger and the rest of the Cowgirl defenders didn't allow a shot on goal in the first half of play.

In the second half the even tempo continued for both teams. The game remained scoreless until Nikki Marshall took a shot that hit the back of the net to give the Buffs the 1-0 lead. Marshall is currently on the 2009 Hermann Trophy watch list, which is given to the top individual in women's college soccer.

Wyoming's best chance came in the second half on a cross that freshman Jenny Johnson attempted to head into the goal, but the shot was saved by a CU defender. On the rebound, senior Emily Layton took a close shot that was saved by CU's goalkeeper Kara Linder.

Next week the Cowgirls will be on the road for their fist regular season game of 2009. On Saturday, Aug. 22 Wyoming will face Denver for the first time since the 2004 season. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in Denver, Colo.