Cowgirl Soccer Beats Northern Colorado 1-0 in Final Seconds of Overtime

Sept. 22, 2004

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Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of WyomingCowgirl soccer team beat Northern Colorado, 1-0, on a last second goalin double overtime, Wednesday evening in Greeley, Colo. With the win,the Cowgirls overall record improves to 4-2-3.

After playing nearly 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, senior MeghanRacette was fouled just outside of the 18-yard box with 15 secondsleft in the second overtime period. Senior Sarah Skinner took thefree kick and beat the UNC goalkeeper with just six seconds left onthe clock to give the Cowgirls their fourth win of the season, 1-0.

Wyoming outshot Northern Colorado 20-12 through 90 minutes ofregulation but were unable to convert on any of their shots and wereforced to play in their fifth overtime match of the season. Bothteams managed just one shot in the first overtime, while UW outshotNorthern Colorado 4-2 in the second. In the match, Wyoming outshotUNC 25-15.

Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard picked up her second win thisyear, while making six saves and earning her second shutout of theseason.

"It was great to see us find a way to win, especially in such adramatic way," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Overall, we movedthe ball exceptionally well, changed fields well and created somegreat opportunities to score. We really played like a team, workedhard and found a way to win. I thought Sarah Skinner had a great gameand really deserved to get the game winner. UNC played tough and Ithought their keeper had a good game and made some big saves."

The Cowgirls will return to Laramie, this Sunday, to host Cal StateFullerton. Fullerton is currently 2-5 but have lost close matches tosome of the top teams in the nation including Pepperdine, Santa Claraand Stanford. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.

"Fullerton is a very tough team and is much better than theirrecord shows," added Moore. "They have lost some really closegames to a couple of the best teams in the nation. They are veryorganized on defense and have some real threats on offense."