Sept. 17, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer Team, (5-4 overall), fell to the Creighton University Blue Jays (5-2-2 overall), 6-2, on Friday evening in Omaha, Neb.
"This was a game were Creighton finished their opportunities to score and we did not," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "We had our opportunities early to make a game of this but we could not capitalize."
The Cowgirls came out of the gates firing getting the first five shots of the game, three of them on goal. However, it would take Creighton just one shot to get their first goal of the game. In the 15th minute of the game CU's Brittney Neumann took a shot from the corner of the box that went over the top of Cowgirl goalkeeper Courtney Merkles' head. Although allowing the early goal Wyoming kept the pressure on getting the next three shots, but none hit the Creighton net. Just as before the quick Cowgirl flurry of shots would give way to another Blue Jay goal. Creighton's Erin Gunther took a cross from Andrea Zuniga and put the ball in the upper left corner of the Cowgirl net, for CU's second goal of the day. The Cowgirls kept shooting during the first half but could not stop the Creighton attack. The Blue Jays extended their lead in the 45th minute of the half on another Gunther goal that came from a penalty kick, her second goal of the game. The score at halftime saw CU jump to a 3-0 lead. Although the Cowgirls outshot the Blue Jays 12 to four, they could not get any shots on goal.
The second half started just as the first half ended for the Cowgirls, just two minutes into the half Creighton made it a four goal game on an Zuniga goal. The Cowgirl offense would keep shooting and come away with their first goal of the game in the 50th minute. Wyoming's Allison Masumiya took a Liz O'Reilly corner kick and put her shot past CU keeper Katie Swanson, making the score 4-1. Just four minutes after the Masumiya goal CU returned the Cowgirl deficit to four goals on a Neumann goal. The Cowgirls would get their second goal of the game in the 81st minute, on a Carmen Blume breakaway beating the CU keeper one-on-one from five yards out, making the score 5-2. Before the final whistle would sound the Jays extended their lead to four goals on a Tara Bailey goal in the 82nd minute.
Wyoming outshot Creighton 22 to 13 on the game, but was unable to get more than two in the back of the CU net. The Cowgirls also forced CU keeper Swanson to make 10 saves on the day.
"I think this will be a true test for us to see how we respond to a tough loss like this," added Sanchez. "We need to be prepared and come out playing better against Drake on Sunday."
The Cowgirls will finish their five game road trip on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Des Moines, Iowa taking on the Drake Bulldogs with the match beginning at 11 a.m. Mountain Time.