Cowgirl Soccer Wins, 2-1, On Late Goal Against Kennesaw State

Sept. 5, 2010


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Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer (3-3-0 overall) grabbed a win in the first game of their five-game road trip against Kennesaw State University (2-2-1 overall), 2-1 on Sunday in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"I thought we played our most complete match of the season today," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "We really were able to limit their close to goal chances and that was a key for us."

The first half began quickly as Cowgirl Nahiomy Ortiz put the first UW shot on goal in the fifth minute, but the save was made by Owl goalkeeper Melissa Hutto. The Cowgirls kept the pressure on but would give up the first goal of the game to the Owls, 25 minutes in. Owl Brittany Vining put her first goal of the season past Wyoming keeper Courtney Merkle making the score 1-0. Vining was assisted on her goal by Alma Gardarsdottir and Alyssa Mahan. Although the Cowgirls would fall behind early they would answer the KSU goal 30 seconds later. Cowgirl Ellen McCormick booted the ball passed KSU keeper Hutto into the back of the net for the equalizing goal. McCormick was unassisted on her goal.

"Getting the equalizer quickly was very important for us, it kept the pressure off and we were able to calm down after that point," added Sanchez.

At end the half the Cowgirls took five consecutive shots but none of them reached the back of the net. The score remained tied, 1-1 at halftime between the Cowgirls and the Owls. Wyoming outshot Kennesaw State, seven to two during the first half and kicked seven corner kicks to the Owls one.

The second frame between Wyoming and KSU played much the same way as the first half. The Cowgirls continued to control the ball and keep the offensive pressure on the Owls. Wyoming had the advantage in shots during the second half 12 to five with seven of them on goal. However, the Cowgirl offensive pressure would not pay off until the 90th minute. Wyoming was awarded a corner kick with just under a minute to go, Cowgirl Ortiz kicked the corner but it was defended by the Owls. The ball ended up back at the feet of Ortiz who kicked it across again and this time her teammate Jenny Johnson was able to put the ball in the back of the net for the go-ahead goal, with just under a minute to go in the match.

"We were able to keep good pressure on them during the second half and we were awarded a late corner kick," said Sanchez about the game winning goal. "Nahiomy was able to get the ball back after the corner kick and served an excellent ball to Jenny who put it in the back of the net."

The last 30 seconds would tick off the clock and UW came out victorious over the Owls, 2-1.

The Cowgirls outshot the Owls 19 to seven on the game and forced KSU keeper Hutto to make 10 saves. The UW defense played another strong game allowing just seven shots and only three on goal. Sophomore midfielder Johnson scored her first career game-winning-goal and the second goal of her UW career. Today's game was the Cowgirls first come from behind victory of the 2010 regular season. Freshman forward McCormick scored the second goal of her young UW career.

"It is good for us to travel across the country and start off our five game road trip with a victory," added Sanchez.

The Cowgirls will continue their road trip against the University of Montana Grizzlies on Friday, Sept. 10 in Missoula, Mont with kickoff at 5:30 P.M. Mountain Time. Also in Missoula the Cowgirls will take on the Eastern Washington Eagles next Sunday, Sept. 12 at 11 A.M. Mountain Time.