Sept. 2, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (2-3-0 overall), fell 3-0 to the Colorado College Tigers (2-1-0 overall), on Thursday in Laramie.
"To give up the early goal is a problem for us, but to give up the second one before half I knew we really had an uphill battle," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "Give Colorado College the credit, they were the better team today."
The Cowgirls fell behind to the Tigers quickly in the game, as CC scored its first goal in the third minute. Colorado College's Tiffany Brown passed the ball across the Cowgirl penalty area and teammate Brittney Lyman kicked the ball in the upper left corner passed Cowgirl goalkeeper Courtney Merkle. Wyoming attempted to answer the Tigers early goal with a chance of its own just six minutes later. Cowgirl Nahiomy Ortiz took a shot just outside the CC penalty area that sailed just high hitting the crossbar of the Tigers goal. The Ortiz shot was Wyoming's best chance to score before the Tigers extended their lead. In the 31st minute CC's Madison Whitehead passed the ball to Hannah Peterson who kicked it low into the corner of the UW goal past keeper Merkle. The Peterson goal made the score 2-0 in favor of the Tigers, which held to the end of the first half.
Trailing 2-0 at the beginning of the second half the Cowgirls came out attempting to come back from the early deficit. Cowgirl Ortiz had a shot attempt in the 52nd minute that went just wide of the Tigers goal. This was the only shot the Cowgirls could manage before Colorado College extended its lead. Five minutes after Ortiz's shot, the Tigers Lyman scored her second goal of the game making the score 3-0, in favor of the Tigers. Lyman was assisted on her goal by Whitehead, which was Whitehead's second assist of the game. Wyoming was able attempt five more shots during the second half but none of them hit the back of the net. The final score would hold 3-0 in favor of Colorado College.
"I was pleased with our effort in the second half and our focus, we never gave up," added Sanchez. "I think Sunday will be a good test for us, it is our first true road trip, I hope we can take the positives from this loss and respond well."
Up next Cowgirls will travel to Kennesaw, Georgia on Sunday, Sept. 5 to take on the Owls of Kennesaw State with kickoff at 11 A.M. Mountain Time.