Cowgirl Soccer Defeats Montana, 1-0

Sept. 10, 2010


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (4-3 overall), defeated the University of Montana Grizzlies, (0-6-1 overall), 1-0 on Friday in Missoula, Montana.

"Our defensive back play was very solid today, we really limited Montana's scoring opportunities," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "Our defensive play really helped us keep the pressure on the offensive end, and it lead to a quality goal by Nahiomy (Ortiz)."

The first half of action saw both offenses create chances to score but no one could come up with a goal. The first shot of the game saw UM's Erin Craig force Cowgirl goalkeeper Courtney Merkle to make a save in just the eighth minute. Wyoming's Carmen Blume answered the Griz shot with a shot of her own that hit the post of the UM goal. The offensive action continued quickly as Montana's Craig took her second shot of the game in the 16th minute, but Merkle had the answer again keeping it out. The Cowgirl defense stiffened to end the half not allowing another shot by the Grizzlies. The UW offense kept the pressure on getting a shot from freshman Ellen McCormick that went just off the Montana goal. Cowgirl Shalayne Janis took the final shot of the half for UW in the 42nd minute, forcing Griz goalkeeper Kendra McMillen to make the save. The two teams went to halftime just as the game started in a 0-0 tie.

"Courtney made two excellent saves in the first half that kept the game tied for us and our defense played with great energy," added Sanchez.

The late offensive surge in the first half for the Cowgirls would carry over into the second half as they were able to take four shots in the first eight minutes. Just three minutes into the half Cowgirl McCormick got the first UW scoring chance of the half with a shot that forced Griz keeper McMillen to keep the ball out. Adding to the Cowgirl pressure Liz O'Reilly took two shots in the 52nd minute, both of which missed wide. Wyoming's fourth shot in the first ten minutes of the half would come from junior defender Allison Masumiya, her shot also forced McMillen to make her second save in just five minutes. Wyoming's offensive pressure would pay off in the 77th minute with a goal by forward Nahiomy Ortiz. Cowgirl Jerrica DiVincenzo kicked the ball from midfield to Carmen Blume who one-timed passed it to Ortiz who then put it in the back of the Grizzly net for the UW goal. The final score would hold in favor of the Cowgirls 1-0.

"I think we really came out with a renewed energy in the second half that helped create our offensive chances," added Sanchez. "Eastern (Washington) will be fresh for our game on Sunday, but we know it is easier to make the quick turn around after a win."

The Cowgirls will stay in Missoula, Montana this weekend and take on the Eastern Washington Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 12 with the match beginning at 12 p.m.