Sept. 4, 2011
CHENEY, Wash. -
With two second half goals the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles, 2-1, on Sunday in Cheney, Washington. Cowgirls Lucie McDowell and Kayla Davis combined for one goal each. The victory evens Wyoming's record to 3-3 on the season, and the loss drops the Eagles to 0-5 on the season.
"We were down early and really battled back to win today," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said.
The first half began with an early shot on goal for the Cowgirls by Ellen McCormick but Eagles keeper Jamie Walker kept the ball out. The Eagles also had an early chance at goal in the seventh minute and took advantage of it. Eastern Washington's Jessica Wallace kicked a through ball to her teammate Whitney Brannan who took a shot from 10 yards out and put it in the back of the Cowgirl net. The Brannan goal gave EWU a 1-0 advantage. Wyoming was able to take seven shots on the Eagles defense, but only two forced Walker to make a play. The first half ended with the Eagles leading UW, 1-0.
The Cowgirls and the Eagles traded shots on goal in the early minutes of the second half, but UW keeper Courtney Merkle and EWU keeper Walker kept the shots out. The Cowgirls were able to apply pressure on the Eagles defense and in the 69th minute, their defense broke down. Wyoming was awarded a free kick following a Eastern Washington foul and Lucie McDowell took a shot off the deflected free kick and put it past EWU keeper Walker. McDowell was assisted on her first career goal by Sydney Jones, and it evened the game at one goal each. Eight minutes later the Cowgirls took their first lead of the game. In the 77th minute, UW's Liz O'Reilly took a corner kick that was received by Sheree Small and she passed it to Kayla Davis who headed the ball in the back of the Eagles net. The Davis goal gave UW a 2-1 advantage. The Cowgirls played excellent defense for the rest of the game not allowing another shot and sealing the victory.
"In the second half we really turned it on," Sanchez said. "It was a really gutsy performance for us to pull off this win."
The Cowgirls outshot the Eagles 13-10 and put five shots on goal. Merkle made five saves against the Eagles in today's game. Freshman McDowell scored her first career goal against the Eagles. Daivs' goal was her second of the season and her first game winning goal of the season. Wyoming soccer finished its six game road trip with a 3-3 record.
Wyoming will now return home for eight consecutive homes games beginning with Cleveland State on Friday, Sept. 9 with kickoff set for 4 p.m MT. UW will then welcome Weber State on Sunday, Sept. 11 a 1 p.m. MT.
"We are really looking forward to getting home and playing in front of our fans," Sanchez added.