LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's soccer team won their home opener against Morehead State on Friday afternoon at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. A header from sophomore midfielder Kimmy Burbank in the 87th minute proved to be the game winner for the Cowgirls and clinched the first victory of the season. The score was assisted from junior defender Katie Marcheso. The win moves Wyoming’s record to 1-0-3 on the season.
“It feels like we got a monkey off our back,” Cowgirl soccer head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “With three ties to start the season, it feels good to get one in the win column.”
During the match, 14 different Cowgirls recorded shots against the Eagles. Sophomore forward Shaina Ashouri led UW with four, three of which were on goal. Wyoming stayed persistent with nine of the 25 shots coming in the first stanza and 16 coming in the second. Junior forward Laurel Ramer had three shots. Candace Sciberras, Alisha Bass, Mandy Meyer, Kimmy Burbank, Anne Hinman and Kayla Cryer each had two shots. Katie Marcheso, Sammi Dunda, Jessie Gentle, Summer Halle, Annika Clayton and Alyssa Murray each contributed with one shot. UW kept the pressure on the Eagles throughout the match recording nine corner kicks to Morehead State’s one.
The Cowgirls once again, showed great defense as they only allowed four shots during the match. Three of those shots came in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree recorded one save in the first half while freshman goalkeeper Cassidy Entsminger notched two in the second.
“To post our third shutout in four games is something that we are proud of,” Cuadrado added. “A lot of girls stepped up and played really well, nothing but kudos to the players.”
Wyoming continued to play well on their home field as the Cowgirls have not lost at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex since 2013. The Cowgirls are now tied with the Eagles, 1-1 in the all-time series.
“We haven’t lost at home since 2013,” Cuadrado said. “It is something that we take pride in and it gives us confidence.”
The Cowgirls will return to the pitch Sunday at 1 p.m. MT against the Drake Bulldogs. This will be a special event game as it is youth soccer day (any youth players with their team in their jerseys get free admission) and family four pack day (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 Pepsi’s for $20). There will also be a petting zoo that will start one hour prior to the game and ends 30 minutes after kick off.