Wyoming Soccer Blanks Portland State 1-0

Sept. 16, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming soccer team scored an early first half goal, which proved to be all that they needed, as they shutout Portland State 1-0, Friday evening at the UW Soccer Stadium.

The Cowgirls improve to 2-1-2 on the season while Portland State, the defending Big Sky regular season champion, falls to 2-4.

Wyoming took an early lead at the 14:50 mark of the first half when freshman Corey Thieman scored the first goal of her career on freshman Tamika Wilson's first career assist. On the scoring play, Wilson picked up a loose ball in the 18-yard box and found Thieman in front of the net for the goal.

Thieman's goal proved to be all the Cowgirls would need as their defense held Portland State scoreless for the entire 90-minutes. The Cowgirls held the Vikings to just one shot on goal in the match.

A pair of Wyoming goalkeepers combined to earn the shutout in freshman Jamie Scarcliff and sophomore Ashley Sheppard. Scarcliff played the entire first half while Sheppard played the second. Sheppard made the only UW save of the game, a diving one to the right late in the second half.

In the match, the Cowgirls outshot the Vikings 11-8.

"I am pleased with the way we played today and the way we held on for the victory," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Our game plan was to possess the ball on their half of the field as much as we could and we did a good job of that for the most part. We hit a little bit of a lull over the final 15 minutes but we fought through it and found a way to come away with the win.

"We created some good scoring opportunities throughout the game and to see Corey get her first career goal was great. Our defense was very tough throughout and I am very proud of the shutout."

The Cowgirls will return to action next weekend as they hit the road for a pair of games in Virginia. They will begin the road swing on Friday when they take on Old Dominion at 5 p.m. (MST) and will finish the trip on Sunday against William and Mary at 12 p.m. Both teams are ranked in the Mid-Atlantic region, and William and Mary has received votes in the top-25.