Sept. 23, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Junior Cowgirl Carmen Blume scored two goals to lead Wyoming soccer (6-4-1 overall) past South Dakota (0-6-2 overall) on Friday. The Cowgirls scored three goals in their second consecutive game at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch.
"In the first half I feel we played our best soccer of the year," Wyoming head coach Danny Sanchez said. "I am very happy to get three goals on a South Dakota team that does not give up a lot of goals."
The Cowgirl offense started the game with six shots in the first 16 minutes of the game. Senior Kayla Davis put UW's first shot on goal in the third minute, but South Dakota keeper Mackenzie Viktor made the save. Liz O'Reilly put the next shot on goal 40 seconds later, but again Viktor had the answer. The flurry of offense by the Cowgirls forced a breakdown in the USD defense and UW took advantage of it in the 17th minute. O'Reilly passed the ball to Davis who put a cross to the back post of the USD net and Blume put her foot to the ball, kicking it low and into the Coyote net. The score was the first goal of the season for Blume which gave UW a 1-0 advantage. Three minutes later the Cowgirl offensive pressure again forced a USD defensive breakdown. In the 20th minute, Davis broke away from the USD defense in the penalty box and put a shot in the top right corner of the USD goal past Viktor. The Davis goal gave UW a 2-0 advantage and she was assisted by Loren Mahoney. The Cowgirls played stifling defense throughout the first half not allowing the Coyotes a shot until the 41st minute which did not threaten the UW goal. The Cowgirls took the 2-0 advantage into halftime.
Wyoming came out in the second half with the same offensive intensity scoring in the first five minutes of the half. In the 50th minute, the Cowgirls put the game out of reach for the Coyotes. Senior Cowgirl Allison Masumiya kicked a high through ball past the USD defense to Davis who kicked the ball high over the head of USD keeper Kayla Wegman into the net. The score was Blume's second of the day and the assist was Masumiya's third of the season. The Coyotes would attempt to answer the UW offensive intensity ending the shutout in the 58th minute. USD's Jenny Teslow passed a through ball into the UW penalty area to her teammate Afton Keiser and she put her shot past the outstretched hands of Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle. The Cowgirls and the Coyotes traded shots the rest of the way but neither was able to get another goal. The final score remained 3-1 in favor of the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls outshot the Coyotes 19-6 in the game and put nine shots on goal. The UW defense allowed USD one shot in the first half and allowed one shot on goal during the game. Blume had her first multi-goal game of the season and Davis scored her third goal of 2011 in today's game. Masumiya picked up her third assist of the season, while freshman Mahoney recorded her first assist and point of her Cowgirl career. Cowgirl keeper Meagan Burke played one half of shutout soccer in the first half.
The Cowgirls will continue their weekend at home on Sunday, hosting the Creighton Bluejays with kickoff set for 1 p.m. MT. Fans are encouraged to bring their ticket stub from Saturday's Cowboy football game against Nebraska for free entry to Sunday's soccer match.
"We feel good so far about the season," Sanchez added. "I like the direction our team is going. Creighton is going to be a good challenge for us to get ready for the beginning of conference play against Boise State next Friday."