Sept. 24, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Sunday afternoon, the University of Wyoming soccer team won its third consecutive game as they shutout Idaho State 1-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 4-4-1 on the season.
Wyoming junior goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard simply did it all for the Cowgirls today as she was instrumental on both ends of the field in the win. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native not only recorded her third shutout of the season but also dished out the first assist by a goalkeeper in Wyoming soccer history.
In the 61st minute of the match, Sheppard put a great foot on a punt that bounced through the Idaho State defense and found a streaking Christine Nagel just outside the 18-yard box. The senior from Littleton, Colo. placed a great shot past the left side of a diving Bengal goalkeeper. The goal is Nagel's second in as many games.
"It felt great when I saw Christine's shot hit the back of the net," Sheppard said. "Our offense does a good job of running onto balls and Christine made a great play there. My family was here today, so I am really excited they got to see this."
In recording its third shutout of the season, the Cowgirl defense allowed just four Idaho State shots on goal and Sheppard was there for the save on all of them. Today's back line consisted of seniors Christina Best, Carolyn Clarke, Kristen Stangl, sophomore Laine Hubbard and freshman Emma Wilson
"Our defense communicated really well today which made things easy on me," added Sheppard. "It was just a solid team effort."
Today's game was very even on the offensive end as Wyoming held a narrow 18-17 shot advantage. Sophomore Comfort Adetoye led the Cowgirls with six shots while Nagel finished with five.
"I am very proud of our team," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We came out and played really hard. Idaho State is a tough, physical team and are going to have a lot of wins by time it is said and done. We did a great job of bringing their passes down to our feet and possessing their through balls. We focused on that this week in practice and we came out and executed today.
"We played great on defense and just had to find a way to score, which is exactly what we did. Ashley does amazing things with her foot from the back and our forwards did a great job of running onto her punts. Nagel just made a great play on that goal," added Moore.
The Cowgirls will take their three-game win streak across the border to face a pair of rivals next week. They will play at Northern Colorado on Wednesday and at Colorado on Sunday. CU was ranked 11th in the nation before being upset by Oklahoma State today.