Sept. 18, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowgirls Sara Paul and Sheree Small combined for three goals to lift Wyoming Soccer (5-4-1 overall) over the Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves (3-2 overall) on Sunday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Paul scored two goals in the 13th and 50th minute and Small added one goal in the 60th minute for the Cowgirls.
"It was nice to score some goals today," Wyoming soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We were able to get a lot of players a lot of minutes today. The win really helps us keep building toward the beginning of conference play in two weeks."
Both teams began the first half with early shots on goal. The Thunderwolves' Morgan Purkey put the first shot of the game on goal in the second minute, but Cowgirl keeper Meagan Burke made the save. The Cowgirls' Paul answered right back with a shot on goal of her own in the third minute with CSUP keeper Erin Stephens making the save. Paul had her second chance at goal in the 13th minute and capitalized on it. Allison Masumiya passed a through ball to Paul who got behind the CSUP defense and was one-on-one with the keeper, Paul kicked it low to the right post and past Stephens for the goal. Wyoming kept on the offensive attack taking six more shots in the half with two on goal, but Stephens had the answer keeping both out. After CSUP's first shot on goal the Cowgirl defense stiffened and did not allow another shot on goal in the first half. The Cowgirls led the Thunderwolves 1-0 at halftime.
Wyoming's offensive attack came out and scored on its first shot of the second half. Cowgirls Paul and Masumiya hooked up for a second time in the game at the 50-minute mark. Masumiya kicked another through ball passed the CSUP defense to the waiting Paul who kicked it in the back of the Thunderwolves net. The score gave UW a 2-0 advantage and was Paul's second goal of the day, as well as Masumiya's second assist. The Cowgirl offense was not done after their second goal and ten minutes later put the game out of reach. In the 60th minute, Cowgirl Small took a deflected free kick in the front of the CSUP goal and booted the ball past keeper Savannah Thompson. The Small score gave UW a 3-0 advantage and she was assisted by Liz O'Reilly. The Cowgirls and the Thunderwolves traded shots for the next 20 minutes before CSUP ended the UW shutout. In the 80th minute, CSUP's Gabby Gonzales broke away from the Cowgirl defense and put a shot to the back post of the UW goal that slipped past keeper Courtney Merkle. The CSUP goal made the score 3-1 in favor of UW. When the final horn sounded the Cowgirls remained on top 3-1.
"It was really good for Sara (Paul) to get a couple goals," Sanchez said. "Sheree (Small) got a couple good chances this weekend and scored on them both."
The Cowgirls outshot the Thunderwolves 18-9 and put 10 shots on goal. Paul recorded her first multi-goal day as a Cowgirl, scoring her third and fourth goals of the season. Small scored her second goal in as many games for the Cowgirls. Wyoming played two goal keepers today in Burke and Merkle, who combined for three saves. Paul led UW in shots with four, while Carmen Blume, Lucie McDowell, Ellen McCormick and Small each recorded three shots of their own.
Wyoming soccer will continue its home stand next Friday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 25. On Friday, Sept. 23, Wyoming will host South Dakota beginning at 4 p.m. On Sept. 25, UW welcomes Creighton with kickoff set for 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch.