Sept. 11, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With few opportunities in the first half for both teams, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer squad scored a goal in the second half to beat the Princeton Tigers 1-0 Friday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
The match-up was the first ever soccer game between the two schools. The win extends the Cowgirls record to 4-1-1 on the season, while Princeton is now 1-3.
"With this win I think we have built some confidence," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "Princeton is the defending Ivy League Champions and an NCAA Tournament team about every year. I was really pleased with how we played after the game settled down. That is something we will need to continue to do."
In the first half both teams took three shots each. The Cowgirls attempted their first shot at the 14:35 mark, but kept the pressure on the Tigers late in the first half.
The score remained locked at zero until the 58:18 mark in the second half. Junior Nicole Rice was able to get ahead of the defense and took a shot that was blocked by Princeton goalkeeper Alyssa Pont. The ball eventually fell to the feet of Chelsea Coddington who found the back of the net, her first career goal as a Cowgirl.
"Nicole and Chelsea were adding some great pressure when Nicole took her shot," Sanchez said. "I was very happy that Chelsea kept running and put it in."
With the 1-0 lead, freshman Courtney Merkle made two crucial saves that kept the shut-out in tact. Merkle made four saves for the game.
Next for Wyoming will be Idaho State on Sunday. Last season the Bengals and Cowgirls tied 1-1. The game on Sunday will kickoff at noon at the Louis S, Madrid Sports Complex.