Cowgirls Win in OT Despite Man Disadvantage

Aug. 29, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Cowgirl senior Mari Gomes scored a breakaway goal late in the first overtime period to lift Wyoming over Eastern Washington, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.

Eastern Washington came out strong in their season opener, taking an early 1-0 lead on a Jennifer McMullen goal in the 21st minute.Colleen Ferriter assisted McMullen on the goal. Neither team could get much else going offensively and the first half ended in a 1-0 EWU lead. In the half, Wyoming outshot EWU 13-7.

The second half began with the Cowgirl offense coming to life, however, they were unable to put one into the back of the net until the 77:52 mark. Gomes scored the equalizer to set up a dramatic ending.

The Cowgirls then faced their biggest challenge of the day when they lost senior and captain Sarah Skinner to a second yellow card at the end of the second half.

The Cowgirls continued to build on their momentum, in the first overtime period, despite playing a man down. However, it wasn't until there were eleven seconds left in the first overtime period that the Cowgirls scored the go ahead goal. Gomes went on a breakaway from the top of the box and scored the game winning goal with just seconds left on the clock.

The Cowgirl defense held EWU scoreless in a second overtime period to pick up their first win of the season, 2-1.

"I think it is huge to get this first win under our belt," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "To be a man down and still be able to win in overtime was huge for us. Going into overtime a man down is psychologically difficult but the girls were ready, they wanted it andthey put forth the effort needed to get the victory.

"On Friday, we didn't have the work ethic we needed to win the game so today our focus was to work as hard as we could. Even when we went down a goal, we didn't quit and we kept on pushing.

"Today was a great game to build on and hopefully this momentum will take us into next weekend and we will be hungry to get a pair of wins in our own tournament."

The Cowgirls will return to action next week when they host the Brown and Gold Shootout. The Cowgirls will play Delaware Friday evening at4 p.m. and Vermont on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Northern Colorado and Vermont will open up the shootout Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. UNC and Delaware will play Sunday at 12 p.m. All games will be held at the UW Soccer Stadium.