Cowgirls Fall to Kansas in Season Opener

Aug. 22, 2014

LAWRENCE, Kan. -

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The University of Wyoming women's soccer team dropped their season opening contest 3-1 to Kansas Friday evening in Lawrence, Kan. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1999 and was the first contest played in the Jayhawks' new soccer stadium.

"Kansas just seemed to be better in front of the net and that is something we need to clean up in practice," head Coach Pete Cuadrado said. "We get back on the pitch Sunday against a good Montana team and we will be ready to play for our fans."

Kansas came out and scored early in the first half at the 43 minute mark with a goal by Liana Salazar. Senior Kasey Curtis responded with a shot on goal, but was saved by the Jayhawk goalkeeper. Kansas got another goal at the 27:05 mark, as Wyoming trailed 2-0.

Curtis came back with another attempt at the goal with a combination through the midfield, but was once again turned away by the KU tender.

The second half saw Kansas come out early with another goal by Ashley Williams. Curtis came out again with a shot after a KU tally but it was wide left. Freshman Kaitlyn Lomsnes followed Curtis with a steal and shot on goal but it was also wide.

Wyoming sophomore Brooklyn Chambers came out with a shot fired on goal, but was saved at the six minute mark in the second half as the Cowgirls pressured Kansas. At the 3:30 mark senior Alison Clarke with a free kick found Shelby Shorb on the back post for UW's first goal of the season and Shorb's first career tally as a Cowgirl . Wyoming pressured hard to come back late in the second half but with the final whistle UW fell to Kansas 3-1.

The Cowgirls outshot Kansas by a 14-11 margin. Senior Kristin Howard and Curtis led UW with two shots apiece.

The Cowgirls return to the Louis S. Madrid Sport Complex against Montana on Sunday at 1 p.m. The first 200 people to the match will receive a free Wyo t-shirt.