Cowgirls Lose Soccer Heartbreaker

Sept. 10, 2006

LARAMIE, yo. -

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A hard fought battle left the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team just short of defeating one of the top teams in the country in Old Dominion, as they took the Lady Monarchs into double overtime and lost a heartbreaker, 1-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex on Sunday. UW's record now falls to 1-4-1.

"Our team stepped up and played a great game against a tough Old Dominion team," UW head coach Anne Moore said. "We played our hearts out today and I'm proud of our team."

The Lady Monarchs came into Laramie boasting a 5-0 record, but that didn't scare the Cowgirls. Both teams battled hard all day and played a very tight and physical game. "It was a real tough battle, I think we showed today what type of team we are," Moore added.

The Cowgirl defense played extremely well today holding a potent offense to just one goal. Junior goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard made some great saves and Wyoming's strong defense kept the Lady Monarchs at bay. Sheppard finished with seven saves in the match.

"We played solid in the back today," senior defender Kristen Stangl said. "We all contributed and made each other look good."

Old Dominion's game winning goal came in the 102nd minute by junior midfielder Katie Watson. Watson picked up a loose ball at the top of the Cowgirl box and placed her shot in the top shelf of the UW net to seal the victory for the Lady Monarchs. The goal is Watson's eighth of the year.

Wyoming freshman Emily Layton had a great game in the middle winning a majority of the balls, setting up the offensive attack and assisting with the defense.

The Cowgirls head to Reno, Nevada this week for the Nevada Tournament where they will play the Wolfpack of Nevada on Friday, September 15 and the Broncos of Boise State on Sunday, September 17 . Friday's game is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday's match will get underway at 12 p.m.