Cowgirl Soccer Blanks Western Michigan 1-0

Aug. 30, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Freshman Carmen Blume scored an early goal to give the Wyoming Cowgirls a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon over Western Michigan at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

Blume's goal proved to be the game winner and the first goal of her Wyoming career.Wyoming advances to 2-1 overall with the win while Western Michigan falls to 0-2.

"I was very pleased with the backs limiting the chances for Western Michigan," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "It appeared both teams were starting to get heavy legs towards the end, but we got the early goal to give us two shutout wins this weekend."

Blume's goal came at the 21:28 mark after senior Emma Wilson cleared the ball ahead. Blume was able to track down the ball in front of the WMU defenders and lift the ball over goalkeeper Julia Francy to give UW the 1-0 lead. The Cowgirls added more chances in the first half by taking five shots on goal.

In the second half the defense was strong and made some key plays. Senior Emily Layton blocked a Bronco shot that saved a goal, and freshman goalkeeper Courtney Merkle made a diving save at the 29:32 mark to keep the shut out intact. Merkle had three saves in the game, while Francy made 10.

Wyoming took 15 shots total, while Western Michigan took 10 for the game.

After two straight home games the Cowgirls will be on the road next weekend. On Friday, Sept. 4, the Cowgirls will face Utah Valley at 4 p.m. in Orem, Utah. The Cowgirls will also travel to Utah State on Sunday at 1 p.m.