Cowgirls Explode to Beat Sacramento State

Sept. 8, 2002

WYOMING 4, Sacramento State 1 - Box Score


The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team beat Sacramento State in their home opener to pick up its first win of the season. It took little time for the Cowgirl offense to ignite as UW scored it's first goal 7:51 into the match. From there the Cowgirls scored two more goals in the first half and one more on a penalty kick early in the second half to defeat the Hornets by the score of 4-1. With the win the Cowgirls improve their record to 1-3.

Melissa Bowman was the first Cowgirl scorer of the day when she scored an unassisted goal 7:51 into the first half. In the 33 minute, Jennifer Barksdale hit the crossbar and Mari Gomes was able to finish the rebound to put the Cowgirls up 2-0. Mercy Adetoye scored the third Cowgirl goal, at the 40 minute mark, when she scored on a loose ball after a corner kick. One minute later Sacramento State scored their lone goal of the match, off of the foot of Linda Sanchez. The first half ended in a 3-1 Cowgirl lead. Four minutes into the second half Melissa Bowman scored her second goal and the final Cowgirl goal of the day, on a penalty kick. The game ended in a 4-1 Cowgirl win.

Wyoming head coach Anne Moore said, "today our goal today was to put both the offense and defense together and work our butts off and make things happen instead of waiting for things to happen to us." That is exactly what happened. The Cowgirls set the tone for the entire match and out shot Sacramento State 16-5. The Cowgirl defense played another solid game and has given up only 2 goals in their last two games. The Cowgirl offense redeemed itself in a huge way, after being shut out by Colorado on Friday, the Cowgirls had their biggest offensive game of the season.

"There has been a 180 degree turnaround as far as everyone's attitude is concerned. The kids are excited to be here, excited to play and they are ready to start winning some games." This new found excitement comes just in time for the Cowgirls to turn their season around. They continue a long home stand with four more home games before getting back on the road later this month.

Next weekend the Cowgirls will be back in action and facing the University of Mississippi on Friday and Northern Iowa on Sunday. Respective game times are 4:30 pm on Friday and 11 am on Sunday.