LARAMIE, Wyo. - Despite matching Washington State's second-half shot attempts, the Cowgirl soccer team fell to the Cougars by a 3-2 score Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
The loss snapped Wyoming's six-game win streak and dropped the Cowgirls to 6-2-0 overall for the year, while the Cougars improve to 4-1-0 this season.
"We played a good game, but made a few mistakes that they capitalized on and you can't do that against a good team," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "I'm pleased with our effort in that we kept fighting back when we got down. You have to give credit to a good Washington State team."
The Cougars struck first when Brandi Vega drove the ball deep into Cowgirl territory and put it into the left corner of the net for an early 1-0 WSU lead 13:25 into the game.
Just before the half, Wyoming equaled the score following a Cougar foul that put Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly 20 yards from the goal for a free kick. The junior from St. Clair, New South Wales, Australia drove the ball into the upper right corner for a 1-1 tie at the 41:54 mark. The goal was O'Reilly's second of the season.
Four minutes into the second half, a Wyoming foul in the goalie box put WSU's Micaela Castain up for a penalty kick, which she converted as the ball went off the left post and into the right side of the net.
At the 76:25 mark, Wyoming freshman Jennifer Paul battled a Washington State defender 15 yards to the side of the goal and managed to hook the ball over the goalie's hands and into the right corner to tie it up at 2-2. The goal also marked the second score for Paul this season.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, a deflected ball escaped the Wyoming defenders where WSU forward Kourtney Guetlein was waiting for it and was able to strike it above UW keeper Carmen McDermott's grasp for the late 3-2 final score.
The Cougars tallied a 13-7 shot ratio and 8-3 shot-on-goal ratio in the victory. WSU keeper Gurveen Clair improved to 4-1-0, while McDermott dropped her first match as a starter. O'Reilly totaled four shots with Carmen Blume and Kasey Curtis also registering shot attempts.
Wyoming will stay home next weekend to take on Pac-12 opponent Colorado Friday at 4 p.m. before facing Utah Valley Sunday at noon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.