Aug. 19, 2011
BOISE, Idaho - The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (0-1 overall) began its season on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to the Oregon Ducks (1-0 overall) at the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic in Boise, Idaho.
"Oregon came out with more energy than us and ended up putting us down early in the first half," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We just started really slow and Oregon took advantage of that."
The Ducks came out firing early against the Cowgirls and put them down early. In the 16th minute Oregon's Maddy Mercier took a cross from teammate Julie Armstrong and headed the ball past UW goalkeeper Meagan Burke, giving the Ducks a 1-0 advantage. Oregon was able to keep the pressure on UW and increase its advantage seven minutes later. In the 23rd minute, Bri Pugh took a through ball from her teammate Mo Fitzgerald and put the ball low and into the back of the Cowgirl net. The score gave the Ducks a 2-0 advantage which they would take into the locker room at halftime.
According to Sanchez, the Cowgirls came out in the second half with much better energy but were unable to put the ball in the back of the Oregon net. The Cowgirls did not allow another shot on goal during the second half, but could not erase the early deficit and when the final horn sounded the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Ducks.
"We played a lot better in the second half," Sanchez added. "We were really able to limit their scoring opportunities in the second half."
According to Sanchez, the Cowgirls were able to get three shots on goal to the Ducks four.
The Cowgirls will continue play at the Soccer Etc./Nike Classic in Boise, Idaho on Sunday, Aug. 21 against the University of Montana with kickoff set for 11:30 a.m. MT.