Cowgirls And Bulldogs Battle To A 1-1 Tie

Sept. 16, 2011


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (4-4-1) played to its first tie of the season against the Drake Bulldogs (2-3-3) on Friday, at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch. Freshman Cowgirl Sheree Small scored her first career goal in the 63rd minute against the Bulldogs.

"We started slow but in the second half we played really well," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "In the second half we really created some good scoring chances and played with a lot better effort."

The first half of today's game saw both the Cowgirls and the Bulldogs have early chances at each other's goal. The Bulldogs took the first shot of the game 58-seconds in. In the third minute, Cowgirl Ellen McCormick put the first shot on goal, but DU keeper Kalena Litch kept the shot out. Four minutes later McCormick put her second shot on goal but again Litch had the answer keeping the ball out. The Bulldogs put their first shot on goal in the 11th minute when Angela Chiganzola fired a shot at the UW net, but Cowgirl keeper Carmen McDermott made the save. Drake had its best scoring chance of the first half in the 21st minute when a header by Laura Moklestad hit the crossbar. The Moklestad header rebounded to her teammate Tara Zika who took the shot and missed wide of the UW goal. The Cowgirls had their best chance of the first half to score in the 40th minute. On a counter-attack Cowgirl Sara Paul put a shot on goal but Litch made the save. One minute later, UW's Sydney Jones put a shot on goal of her own but again Litch had the answer. When the clock hit the 45 minute mark the Cowgirls and the Bulldogs remained scoreless at 0-0.

The second half saw a quick start for the Cowgirls taking three shots in the first 10 minutes. Cowgirls Liz O'Reilly and Carmen Blume both put shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half with neither getting past DU keeper Litch. The Cowgirls kept the offensive attack on and in the 64th minute they broke the tie. Following a Drake foul, the Cowgirls were awarded a free kick. Jones took the free kick for the Cowgirls putting the ball across the DU penalty box to Sheree Small who headed the ball past Litch into the back of the Bulldog net. Small's goal gave the Cowgirls a 1-0 advantage and was the first goal of her young Cowgirl career. Wyoming kept the pressure on putting two more shots on goal in the next 15 minutes but it could not extend its lead. In the 87th minute, following a UW foul in the penalty area, Drake was awarded a penalty kick. Bulldog Brittany Schuling took the penalty kick scoring the ball just below the outstretched glove of UW keeper McDermott. The goal evened the game back at 1-1 with just three minutes to play in regulation. The Cowgirls and the Bulldogs remained tied into the 90th minute forcing sudden death overtime.

The first overtime saw Cowgirl Kayla Davis put a shot on goal in the 99th minute but again Litch made the save. The period ended with the teams still tied.

In the second overtime period Cowgirls Lucie McDowell and McCormick both had shots that went wide of the DU net. In the 110th minute, DU's Paige Dusek put a shot on goal that forced McDermott to make the save. McDermott's fourth save of the contest sealed the 1-1 draw for the Cowgirls and the Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls outshot the Bulldogs 15-13 in the game and put 11 shots on goal to DU's six. Cowgirl keeper Carmen McDermott recorded four saves in her second career start allowing the penalty kick goal. DU keeper Litch recorded ten saves in the game also allowing one goal. UW's McCormick had a game high four shots with three on goal.

Wyoming soccer will continue its home stand on Sunday against the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. MT. Prior to Sunday's game will be a petting zoo beginning approximately one hour before game time.