Wyoming Soccer Suffers Set Back, Loses 2-1 In Overtime To Cleveland State

Sept. 9, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (3-4 overall) lost its home opener, 2-1, to the Cleveland State Vikings (3-3 overall) on Friday evening, at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch in Laramie, Wyo.

"We gave up the early goal and bounced right back getting a goal of our own," Wyoming soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "I am a little disappointed in the sense that we had opportunities to win the game."

From the kickoff of today's game both teams were applying offensive pressure and the first shots of the game for both teams were goals. The Vikings started the scoring early in the first half. In the eighth minute, Viking forward Taylor Vidovic put a cross toward the back post of the Cowgirl goal and Kelcey Fischer kicked the ball past UW keeper Courtney Merkle. The Fischer goal gave CSU a 1-0 advantage. The goal did not slow the Cowgirl attack as they scored the equalizer 50 seconds later. On the counter attack, Cowgirl Sara Paul stole the ball from the CSU defense and passed it to Lucie McDowell who took the shot putting the ball in the back of the Viking net. Keeping the offensive attack on, Cowgirl Kristin Howard put a shot on goal in the 10th minute, but Viking keeper Becky Williams had the answer keeping the ball out. The teams battled for possession for the next 20 minutes before Cleveland State had two consecutive chances to score. CSU's Natalie Daniels and Jessica Bound each put shots on goal in the in the 34th and 36th minutes, respectively, but Merkle saved them both. Each team took one more shot in the first half but neither threated the opponents' goal. The Cowgirls and the Vikings went to halftime deadlocked at one goal each.

The Cowgirls came out of the locker room in the second half firing. UW took three shots in the first 10 minutes of the half but could not get any on goal. In the 61st minute, Paul put Wyoming's first shot of the second half on goal, but the Viking defense made the save. Wyoming kept the pressure on and put three of its next four shots on goal, with none getting past CSU keeper Williams. The Cowgirls managed eight shots in the second half with four on goal, but none hit the back of the Viking net. When the clock hit 90 minutes Wyoming and Cleveland State remained tied.

In the first overtime, the Cowgirls and the Vikings played stifling defense not allowing a shot throughout the 10 minute period.

The second overtime period began with a shot on goal in the 101st minute by UW's McDowell but CSU keeper Williams made the save. The Vikings answered the early UW shot with a shot of their own and it was the game winner. After a Cowgirl foul in the 103rd minute Viking Carla Ragone took a free kick for the Vikings. Ragone took the free kick putting it across the UW box and her teammate Nancy Newcomer kicked the ball high and past Merkle. The goal gave CSU the win by way of sudden victory, with the final score of 2-1.

"To lose in that fashion on a set piece is disappointing," Sanchez said. "I think though that the game should have never got to that point. We had some good chances to score in the second half and we didn't capitalize."

The Cowgirls outshot the Vikings 14-10 in today's game. Keeper Merkle made four saves on the day. Wyoming is now 8-8-1 all-time in home openers.

Wyoming soccer will continue its home stand on Sunday, Sept. 11 hosting Weber State with kickoff set for 1 p.m. MT at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch.