Sept. 4, 2005
DENVER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team won the 2005 Denver Classic by playing to a 1-1 tie with Colorado and ultimately winning the tournament championship in a shootout, Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Field in Denver, Colo. With the tie, the Cowgirls record improves to 2-0-1 on the season.
The 25th ranked Buffaloes got on the score board first when Tricia Regan finished a Fran Munnelly deflection inside of the 18-yard box in the 43rd minute. Colorado took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Colorado held to their one goal lead until the final minute of regulation. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, Colorado cleared the ball through the Wyoming defense and gave the Cowgirls a goal kick. That goal kick found freshman Amanda Lathrop near midfield where she settled the ball and played a through ball to freshman Tamika Wilson who went on the break, beat the Colorado defense and tied the game with just nine seconds left. The game went to overtime in a 1-1 stalemate.
Despite outshooting CU 4-2 in overtime, the Cowgirls were unable to get a game winning goal and the match ended in a 1-1 tie. However, the tournament champion would have to be settled on penalty kicks.
The Cowgirls won the shootout, and the tournament, as they converted all five of their penalty kicks while Colorado converted just four. The tournament win marks the first in Wyoming Soccer history. Scoring the Wyoming goals were junior's Kristen Stangl and Kristin Gurrola and freshmen Katie Groy, Halee Davis and Lathrop.
"To come down here and get the first tournament championship in Wyoming soccer history is a huge thing for everyone," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We batted as hard as we could have against a great team today and fought for everything we got. We could have given up, especially when we were down a goal with less than 30 seconds left, but we didn't and I am so proud of our team for that.
"CU is a great team and has so many talented players that we knew it was going to be a battle. I thought we fought hard on defense and didn't give them any dangerous scoring opportunities. Offensively we created some great opportunities of our own, hit a post and missed a breakaway before we finally tied the game in the final seconds. Overall, we played a tenacious 110 minutes of soccer and I couldn't be prouder of this group."
In the match, Wyoming outshot Colorado 16-13 and 11-4 over the final 65 minutes.
Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff recorded the tie in the Cowgirl net, playing all 110 minutes. Scarcliff made 3 saves in the match and remained unbeaten in her young college career.
The Wyoming soccer team will return to action next weekend as they travel to Tulsa, Okla. for games with Tulsa and Oral Roberts. The Cowgirls will take on Tulsa at 6 p.m. (MST) on Friday and Oral Roberts at 11 a.m. (MST) on Sunday.