Cowgirl Soccer Falls 4-1 In First Exhibition Game

Aug. 19, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowgirls lost their first exhibition match, 4-1, today at the UW Soccer stadium to the University of Northern Colorado Bears.

The Bears jumped ahead of the home team with a goal by Mandy Nilsen 13 minutes into the game. UNC would also score on a shot by Christine Devaney with six minutes left of play. The Cowgirls had four shots on goal in the

first period, all saved by UNC goalkeeper, Emily Kipling. Wyoming goalkeeper, Sarah Kuyper filled in for an injured Amanda Vandervort and saved four shot on goals though giving up two.

In the second period, the Bears continued their aggressive play, though giving up a goal to UW's Katrina Morton early in the half. Two more goals were scored for the Bears from Nilsen and Julia Hornbeck to clinch the victory for Northern Colorado.

"We need to work on keeping balanced on the field. A few times they caught us all on one side and switched it quickly on us," said head coach Anne Moore. "We also need to work on the speed of our play. We have to be able to get the ball and dribble it, or pass it, but also move it forward and make those decisions immediately." Coach Moore also says that playing together and learning what teammates are going to do is instrumental in playing well together.

The Cowgirls play one more exhibition game at home against the Northern State Wolves on Tues. August 22 at 4 p.m. before heading to Hawaii where they will play Boise State and the University of Hawaii to open the regular season.