Cowgirl Soccer Shuts Out Buffalo 3-0

Aug. 27, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer (1-2 overall), picked up their first victory Friday in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo University Bulls (0-2 overall), at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

"I am pleased with our effort, and the three goals we scored were all excellent finishes," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "I felt we were tight defensively and really limited their chances which was really the key for us today."

The action began early between the Cowgirls and the Bulls with the first shot on goal in the sixth minute. Wyoming freshman Ellen McCormick attempted a header off a Nahiomy Ortiz corner kick, but Bulls goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon kept it out. The Cowgirls next shot on goal would come just two minutes later as Cassie Sheffield put the ball just over the top of the goal. Wyoming soccer would dominate the first half against the Bulls allowing just one shot and getting off nine shots of their own with four of them on goal. Even with the flurry of offense the Cowgirls could not manage to get the ball in the back of the net during the first half and they went into halftime scoreless.

The scoreless tie would end quickly in the second half as the Wyoming came out with the same offensive intensity as in the first half. In the 56th minute, Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly took a pass from Sheffield and put it in the top corner of the net, making the score 1-0. Wyoming would score their second goal just 14 minutes after their first. Cowgirl Katie Amsberry got a breakaway in the 70th minute and scored the ball from 20 yards out. Amsberry was assisted on her goal by Chelsea Coddington and Ortiz. UW would keep the pressure on and get another goal with five minutes to go in the game. Wyoming forward McCormick got a breakaway off a goal kick and put the ball low and under the Bulls goalkeeper Wheldon, making the score 3-0 in favor of UW. McCormick was assisted by Meagan Burke and Amsberry. The 3-0 score held to the 90th minute and the Cowgirls grabbed their first win on the season.

"In the second half we really settled down and we just kept pushing and finally got our first goal," said Amsberry. "Personally my goal felt amazing, I saw the goal open and I just tried to get it in."

Wyoming outshot the Bulls 17 to one during this afternoons match. The Cowgirls also kicked 10 corner kicks to the Bulls one. Wyoming's Amsberry, McCormick and O'Reilly all scored the first goals of their Cowgirl careers.

"We will take a lot of positives from this game, because every win is big for us," added Sanchez. "It is good to get some momentum and confidence that will hopefully carry into Sunday."

Wyoming soccer will continue their three match home stand on Sunday Aug. 29, against the University of Idaho Vandals, with kickoff at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex at 1 p.m.