Cowgirl Soccer Drops Two at Tournament in Hawaii

Sept. 1, 2002

WYOMING 0, vs. Alabama-Birmingham 3 - Box Score
WYOMING 2, at Hawaii 5 - Box Score


The University of Wyoming Cowgirlsoccer team opened up the 2002 season with two losses at the OhanaHotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. TheCowgirls fell to tournament champion Alabama-Birmingham 3-0 in game oneon Saturday and host Hawaii 5-2 on Sunday.

Wyoming, now 0-2-0 on the season, placed two players on theall-tournament team. Sophomore Melissa Bowman, from Sherbrooke, Quebec,and freshman Mercy Adetoye, from Englewood, Colo., were both honored fortheir outstanding play during the two-day event. Bowman finished with11 total shots, six against Hawaii, while Adetoye had seven overallshots and one goal.

In game one against UAB, Wyoming played a relatively even match, tyingthe Blazers in overall shots attempted with 17. Wyoming attempted onemore shot on goal then the Blazers (9-8) but tournament MVP, UABgoalkeeper Lisa Nowoslawski, blanked the Cowgirls on every attempt.After taking a 1-0 halftime lead UAB would go on to score two more goalsin the second half to win 3-0.

Against Hawaii on Sunday, the Cowgirls were still not able to get muchgoing offensively being held to only two shot attempts in the first halfto Hawaii's ten. The Cowgirls were able to score one goal in the firsthalf off the foot of junior Angela O'Dell. Despite the goal, UH led 3-1at the half. Wyoming cut the lead to one at 3-2 on a goal by Adetoye.The Rainbow Wahine bounced back with a score four minutes later to takea 4-2 lead. UH would add a goal on a penalty kick late in the game towin 5-2. Hawaii put 14 total shots on Wyoming goalkeeper Lori Scheiderwhile the Cowgirls were only able to finish with five shots on goal.

"I thought we came out and played a little disorganized in the firsthalf in our first game against UAB," said Wyoming head coach AnneMoore. "We settled down a bit in the second half and really played themeven, we just weren't able to get the ball in the back of the net.

"Against Hawaii we were shorthanded on the defensive side of the ballbecause of an injury to one of our top defensive players, Kelly McKay.Without her in the back, Hawaii really took advantage of us with theirtremendous speed. Overall we need to limit the number of mistakes wehad on our side of the field and do a better job of finishing in ouropponents half." Moore said.

Wyoming returns to action on Friday, Sept. 6, when they take on theUniversity of Colorado in Boulder.