LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team won its second home game of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. UW came away with a victory over the Drake Bulldogs by a final score of 3-1. Sophomore forward Shaina Ashouri scored two goals in the match to help give the Cowgirls their second straight victory. Freshman defender Alyssa Murray scored a header off a rebound from a corner kick in the 84th minute to score the third and final goal for the Cowgirls and helped move UW's record to 2-0-3 on the season.
"To put three up on the board does a lot for our confidence," Wyoming Cowgirl head soccer coach Pete Cuadrado said. "We've been creating those opportunities all season and to finally have them fall into the back of the net is a good thing."
Ashouri's scores were her second and third of the season. The first happened late in the first stanza at the 34th minute mark and the second came early in the second half in the 46th minute. Each goal came from a scramble in front of the net. She had another goal that was called back due to an offside call from the referee. Murray's goal, which came in the 84th minute, was the first of her career as a Cowgirl.
UW kept the pressure on the Bulldogs throughout the match with eight shots in the first half and 10 in the second. Murray led the Cowgirls in shots with four, getting one of them to hit the back of the net. Forwards Ashouri and Anne Hinman each had three shots. Sophomores Summer Halle and Tristan Tyrrell each notched two shots while Candace Sciberras, Jessie Gentle, Claire Parker and Kimmy Burbank each had one. Wyoming recorded 10 corner kicks during the match, compared to the two that Drake had.
Goalkeepers Georgia Rowntree and Cassidy Entsminger once again shared time in front of the net. The only save of the match came from Rowntree in the first stanza. The Cowgirls were close to another shutout victory but Drake's Alyssa Brand snuck one by Entsminger in the 85th minute of the match. Regardless of the last goal, Wyoming remains undefeated at home since 2013.
"We would have loved to get another shutout but Drake is a good team," Cuadrado said. "I give them credit, they didn't stop playing. We put in a lot of people after the third goal and they took advantage of it. At the end of the day it's still a victory and we'll take it."
UW will return to the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex on Friday to face the Kansas Jayhawks. The match is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. MT.