Aug. 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer (2-2 overall), grabbed their second win of the weekend defeating the University of Idaho Vandals (1-2 overall), 2-0 on Sunday.
"Idaho is a good team and I am glad we were able to take care of business at home this weekend," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "I am pleased with how our defense has played over the last two matches and we seem to be getting to a better rhythm."
The first half between the Cowgirls and the Vandals was a battle for possession with neither team gaining a definitive advantage. Each team had their chances to score but neither could come up with a goal. The Cowgirls first shot came in the fifth minute as freshman forward Ellen McCormick got a breakaway and attempted to put the ball in, but Vandals goalkeeper Liz Boyden had the answer keeping it out. Idaho's Chelsea Small would answer right back with the Vandals first shot on goal in the ninth minute, but Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle also kept it out. Wyoming and Idaho traded shot attempts throughout the first half, but the Cowgirls gained the shot advantage on a Nahiomy Ortiz corner kick that had to be saved by Boyden. The UW and IU defenses held strong in the first half keeping the game scoreless into halftime. The Cowgirls outshot the Vandals seven to three in the first half, with three of the UW shots on goal.
Wyoming again would find their offensive stride in the second half of the game scoring their first goal just four minutes in. In the 49th minute Cowgirl Ortiz put the ball across the Vandal penalty area and Cassie Sheffield kicked it into the back of the net for the first UW goal of the day. The Wyoming offense would continue the pressure with five more shots in the next 12 minutes and four of them on goal. Despite the offensive pressure it was not until the 81st minute that UW extended their lead, 2-0. Freshman forward Ortiz put the ball in the back of the net off an Olivia Mothadi cross for the first goal of her Cowgirl career. The 2-0 score held to the final horn and the Cowgirls picked up their second shutout of the weekend.
The Cowgirl defense again looked strong not allowing a goal and limiting the Vandals to just five total shots and only one on goal. The UW offense also kept the pressure on the Vandals putting up 16 shots with eight of them on goal.
"I think all five of our defenders played really well and we were able to limit their offensive chances which was the key for us," added Sanchez. "We will enjoy this, but get ready for Colorado College on Thursday who is an NCAA tournament quality team."
Cowgirl soccer will finish up their home stand on Thursday, Sept. 2 against the Colorado College Tigers with the match beginning at 4 p.m.