Cowgirl Soccer Wins Season Opener Despite Rough Match

Aug. 31, 2007


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Junior Tamika Wilson scored her team's first goal of the year (ninth of her career) to propel the Wyoming Cowgirls past the Western Carolina Catamounts 1-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, Friday evening in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowgirls open up the year 1-0-0 while the Catamounts fall to 0-1-0.

"I'm very pleased with the way our girls played tonight," UW head coach Anne Moore said. "It was a very physical match, but the girls kept their composure and played through it."

The first half set the tone for the entire game with 23 fouls being committed, 15 for the Catamounts and eight for the Cowgirls. The game ended with a total of 44 fouls and five yellow cards.

"Our girls played like they were panicked in the first half with how physical the game was," Moore continued. "We had a great team effort in the second half to play through it and do what we needed to do to get the win."

Wilson scored the game winner on a breakaway after a beautiful through pass from freshman Kayla Davis at the 69:43 mark to give the Cowgirls the lift they needed for the win.

The Cowgirls will take the rest of the weekend off before heading to Harrisonburg, Va. for the James Madison University Tournament on Sept. 7-9. Wyoming will open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 7 against James Madison at 5:30 p.m.

"We need to keep up our intensity in practice because the games this coming weekend will be very physical," Moore added. "We will have to continue to play our game and go down there ready for the challenge."