Sept. 16, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A Liz O'Reilly free kick one minute into overtime lifted the Cowgirl soccer team to a 4-3 victory over Utah Valley Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Following a UVU foul 10 yards outside the goal box, the junior floated the ball toward teammate Lucie McDowell, who made an attempt to head the ball but it drifted past her and Wolverine keeper Lauren Sack into the left corner of the net for O'Reilly's game-winning goal.
"It was a nice effort from Liz to get that in and win the game for us," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "A win's a win and we'll take it no matter how it comes."
The Cowgirls jumped to a quick 2-0 lead 13 minutes into the game following goals from Kasey Curtis and Loren Mahoney. Curtis' goal came at the nine-minute mark when forward Sara Paul crossed it to the middle top of the box and she put it into the right corner of the net.
Paul then sent a corner kick into the box at the 12:07 mark where Mahoney was waiting for it and made a sliding kick to add another score.
The Wolverines then got going midway through the first half and scored three goals within five minutes. Regan Benson converted a penalty kick at the 31:19 mark and had another goal one minute later off an assist from Shalayne Janis. Four minutes later, a crossed ball got behind the Cowgirl defenders where Wolverine Natalie Baker was waiting and she darted it past UW goalie Carmen McDermott to take the lead at 3-2 nine minutes before the half.
At the 51:39 mark, UW's McDowell tied the score with a goal off an assist from Paul, who earned her second game of the year in which she recorded three assists in a single game, doing so against Nebraska-Omaha earlier in the year. Amanda Lathrop first achieved the feat in 2008 as Sunday's game with UVU became the third time in Cowgirl soccer history the accomplishment was achieved.
"I was happy to see that we could maintain our composure after getting down in the first half," Cuadrado said. "It was unfortunate we allowed the three quick goals for them, but I'm pleased that we continued to battle and get the win."
Wyoming begins a two-game road swing next weekend as the Cowgirls travel to Logan, Utah for a final pre-conference matchup with Utah State before heading to UNLV Saturday, Sept. 29, to open the MW season. Kickoff with Utah State is slated for 1 p.m.