Aug. 14, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer began the 2010 season Saturday with their only exhibition match of the season, defeating the Regis University Rangers 3-2, at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
"I think we have quite a bit to work on defensively before Friday, but for most of the first half I thought we played really well," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "I think we gave everyone on the team an opportunity to show what they can do, and some players really stepped up."
The Cowgirls started off the game fast with excellent ball control, and got the first four shots of the game. Scoring for the Cowgirls also started early as sophomore forward Carmen Blume scored the first goal of the game off a cross from junior defender Allison Masumiya, in the 17th minute of the first half. The scoring would not slow down during the first half, as the Rangers Chelsea Bokan answered Blume's goal, with a goal of her own, sneaking a shot into the corner of the Cowgirl goal, tying the game 1-1. Just two minutes after the Rangers first goal they took the lead on a Jordan Miller shot from the left side that got past UW goalkeeper Meagan Burke, Miller was assisted by CC Rinehart. With just three minutes left in the first half Cowgirl Olivia Mohtadi got the ball on a breakaway and tied the score back up at, 2-2, which would hold to the end of the half.
"I saw the ball get kicked through and I really pushed it up field toward the goal, and took the shot," said Mohtadi about her game tying goal in the first half.
The second half started with the score tied 2-2, and the Cowgirls would get many chances in the second half to score. The first chance for UW was a shot on goal in the 47th minute, by freshman forward Nahiomy Ortiz, but Rangers goalkeeper Nicole Eddings would have the answer keeping it out. Wyoming would also have three corner kicks just six minutes after the Ortiz shot, none of which turned into a goal. The game winning goal for UW would not come until the 81st minute. Sophomore forward Mohtadi was fouled just outside of the Rangers penalty area giving the Cowgirls a free kick. Freshmen midfielder Liz O'Reilly took the free kick for Wyoming. On the O'Reilly kick the ball hit off keeper Eddings hands and landed just beyond the white line giving the Cowgirls a 3-2 lead, with just under ten minutes left in the match.
"We have been practicing the free kicks in training, and it was very exciting to see it go in, especially since it was the game winning goal," said O'Reilly.
The 3-2 score would hold as the final horn sounded giving the Cowgirl soccer a hard earned victory over the Rangers in their first contest of the season.
Next up for the Cowgirls will be a home match against Northern Colorado for their first regular season game next Friday, Aug., 20. The game will be held at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex with kickoff at 4 p.m.
"We know next week's game will be a battle and we need to pick up our play this week so we are ready for Northern Colorado on Friday," said Sanchez. "Friday's game will be a great test for us because the intensity will be close to what it is during conference play, and hopefully we can get another good crowd out here again."