Cowgirls Struggle in Season Opener

Aug. 25, 2006


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team had a disappointing opening day on Friday as they fell to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 3-1 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in the first round of the UniWyo Cowgirl Shootout.

The Cowgirls went down 2-0 in the first half off of two goals by Megan Cash and Jennifer Kacergis of Tulsa. Megan Cash, a freshman midfielder, scored at the eight minute mark on an assist from sophomore forward Jennifer Kacergis. The Golden Hurricane added to their lead in the 38th minute with a goal by Kacergis on an assist from sophomore midfielder Julie Andra.

"We struggled in the first half with our pace and Tulsa came out very aggressive," head coach Anne Moore said. "We had a hard time playing up to their level."

The Cowgirls came out strong in the second half with a new formation and a more aggressive approach. "We switched to a 4-3-3 in the second half and that created more opportunities for us and we scored," Moore said. This adjustment led to the Cowgirls only goal which came in the 48th minute by freshman forward Kelsey Lindner on an assist by senior Christine Nagel.

Lindner, the former walk-on who received a scholarship in the first week of practice, played hard all game and her hustle paid off. "I tend to slide a lot," Lindner said. "It's my favorite thing to do and I had a good chance to score off of Nagel's deflected shot."

After seven minutes of scoreless soccer, Tulsa scored their final goal of the match off a shot from senior forward Katie Ward in the 55th minute.

Cowgirl sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff took the loss despite making 11 saves while Tulsa goalie Meredith Hart earned the win with five saves.

"Overall I thought we had to work for opportunities and we gave them a lot of theirs," Moore added. "We did not play very crisp today and we look to correct that on Sunday."

In other Shootout action, the University of Montana Grizzlies scored two early goals en route to a 3-0 shutout over the Utah Valley State Wolverines

The Cowgirls will have a chance to redeem themselves this Sunday when they face Montana at 2 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Tulsa will take on Utah Valley State Sunday morning at 11 a.m.