High-Scoring Battle Goes to Cowgirls

Aug. 24, 2012

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - In a game in which 31 total shots were taken, the Cowgirl soccer team escaped with a 6-5 victory over Montana State-Billings Friday evening at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

Wyoming amassed 22 shots with eight on goal to get past the Yellowjackets, who combined for nine shots on their own. The Cowgirls improve to 2-1-0 for the year, while Montana State-Billings falls to 0-1-0.

"Anytime you score six goals, you know you did a good job on your attack," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "But it appears we need to clean up our back line. They had too many free chances in front of the net. We've got some work to do, so obviously that's the key for us."

In the 81st minute, senior Cassie Sheffield scored what came to be the game-winning goal as she rebounded a Sydney Jones shot that went off the post and kicked it in for an easy score to go up 6-4 with eight minutes remaining.

The Yellow jackets struck first with a goal at 5:16 as Heidi Greenback took a Jaucelyn Richter cross and got behind Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle for a 1-0 lead.

Wyoming freshman Mollee Ramsay equaled the score at 1-1 seven minutes later as she took a loose ball at the top of the box and sidestepped to the left to strike it past MSUB goalie Megan Wade.

Behind 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining before the half, Wyoming sophomore Kasey Curtis headed in a corner kick from Liz O'Reilly into the right corner to trim the MSUB lead to 3-2.

Cowgirl defender Loren Mahoney tied the score at 3-3 when she placed a free kick from 35 yards out above Wade's head and into the net with just three minutes remaining before halftime.

MSUB snuck in another score to go up 4-3 just 45 seconds before halftime as Richter had a breakaway behind the UW defense and got it past goalie Carmen McDermott.

"We had too many balls over the top - they had too many through balls get behind us," Cuadrado said. "You have to give the Yellowjackets credit, though. I thought they had a lot of fight in them and created a lot of good chances."

After the half, the Cowgirls scored three unanswered goals to go up 6-4 before the Yellowjackets added one final score in the 83rd minute.

Cowgirl forward Olivia Mohtadi scored the first of the second half as she took a Lucie McDowell cross and took two steps to the right before firing off a shot into the net. Sheree Small contributed the other goal as she took an assist from O'Reilly following a scramble in the box and got it past Wade into the right corner.

The Cowgirls return to action Sunday as they travel to Ogden, Utah, for a noon matchup with Weber State.