Cowgirl Soccer Falls to Northern Colorado, 2-1, In Their First Regular Season Match

Aug. 20, 2010


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team fell today to the Northern Colorado Bears, 2-1, in their first regular season match of the 2010 season.

"Give them credit, they came out with more energy than us in the first half," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "We did not play with any energy or rhythm in the first half, and we were very fortunate to be down just one goal to good team like Northern Colorado."

The Cowgirls and the Bears played a very even first half with both teams battling for possession. Each team had their chances to score, but it would be UNC that would strike first in the 32nd minute. The Bears Danielle Birdsall put a cross from Olivia Dedmond past Cowgirl goalkeeper Courtney Merkel, for the first goal of the game. The Birdsall goal would make the score 1-0, which would hold to the end of the first half. Wyoming was only able to manage one shot during the first half, while the Bears got off three. The Cowgirls were not without their chances in the first half with three corner kicks, and their one shot on goal.

The second half of the contest would have much more action between the Cowgirls and the Bears. Northern Colorado was able to build to their lead with another goal by Birdsall just six minutes into the half, making the score 2-0. The Cowgirls answered the Bears early second half goal with a goal of their own just two minutes after the Birdsall goal. In the 53rd minute Wyoming was awarded a corner kick. Wyoming's Nahiomy Oritz took the kick and Jenny Johnson was able to get her head on the ball and past the Bears goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen. Johnson's goal is the first of her Cowgirl career. The Cowgirls would manage nine total shots during the second half, with just three on goal and only the one making it into the back of the Bears net. The 2-1 score would hold to the final whistle, and UNC would pick up its second all-time win against the Cowgirls.

"I am pleased that we did get one goal back, and we showed a little spark at the end," said Sanchez.

Wyoming outshot Northern Colorado 10-8 on the game with five of their 10 shots on goal. The Cowgirls also kick four more corner kicks with seven, than the Bears three.

Cowgirl Soccer's next action will be this Sunday, August 22 as they travel to Boulder, Colorado to take on the Buffalos with kick off at 1 p.m. Mountain Time.