Sept. 2, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (2-3 overall) suffered their third loss of the season Friday, in Pullman, Wash., at the hands of Pac-12 opponent Washington State (3-1 overall). The Cowgirl defense that had been very stingy the prior two games allowed three goals to the Cougars.
"Washington State is a very solid team," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "They are very dynamic in their attack and they exposed us today."
The Cougars started the first half very hot taking four of the first six shots of the game. The Cowgirls were able to match the early pressure of the Cougars with two shots of their own but none made it past the WSU defense. After a Wyoming foul the Cougars were awarded a free kick in the 17th minute and capitalized on the opportunity. Cougar Micaela Castain received the free kick four yards from the UW goal and kicked it past UW keeper Courtney Merkle, giving WSU a 1-0 advantage. Following the Castain goal, UW was unable to put pressure on WSU managing one more shot in the first half. Neither the Cowgirls nor the Cougars put another shot on goal during the first half. The teams went to the locker room with WSU leading 1-0.
The second half started just as the first half with Washington State applying offensive pressure on the Cowgirls. The Cougars extended their lead five minutes into the second half on Castain's second goal of the game. She took a pass from her teammate Brandi Vega at the far post of the UW goal and put her shot in the back of the UW net. After the Cougars put the Cowgirls down 2-0, UW attempted to answer five minutes later when Sara Paul put a shot on goal but WSU keeper Gurveen Blair had the answer keeping it out. The Cowgirls were unable to recover from the two goal deficit before the Cougars put the game out of reach in the 86th minute. Cougar Bethanie Skelton took a cross six yards away from the Cowgirl goal and put the ball past UW keeper Carmen McDermott sealing the 3-0 victory for WSU.
"They really limited our chances on goal today," Sanchez said. "We tried to get the equalizer at the beginning of the second half by pushing our numbers forward but we made a mistake in the back and allowed their second goal early."
Next up the Cowgirls will travel to Cheney, Wash., to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 4 with kickoff set for 3 p.m. MT.
"Now we need to gather ourselves and get ready for Eastern Washington on Sunday," Sanchez added. "It is their first home game of the season and we know they are going to be hungry."