Cowgirl Soccer Defeats Boise State

Sept. 24, 2010


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (6-5 overall) defeated the Boise State Broncos (3-6-1 overall), 1-0, on Friday in Laramie.

"Boise came out attack minded and had an early chance on us, but after that I felt we really limited their chances," said Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez. "I felt our back four and our midfield really defended well today."

The beginning of the game saw the action begin quickly between the Cowgirls and the Broncos, with the first shot of the game coming in the eighth minute. Cowgirl forward Olivia Mohtadi took the first shot of the game forcing Bronco goalkeeper Liz Ruiz to make an early save. The Broncos matched Wyoming's early pressure by taking the next four shots of the game, and forcing UW keeper Courtney Merkle to make three consecutive saves. Wyoming and Boise State traded shots, until UW was able to gain the advantage in the 28th minute. Cowgirl Carmen Blume passed the ball to Nahiomy Ortiz about 35 yards from the goal and she kicked it into the top left corner of the BSU goal just over the diving Bronco keeper Ruiz. Following the Ortiz goal the Broncos had their best chance to score of the game, taking three shots in two minutes, but on each Wyoming keeper Merkle had the answer keeping the ball out of the UW net. The half ended with the Cowgirls leading 1-0.

"Today's strike from Nahiomy was a quality goal and those are the types of goals we need to be successful," added Sanchez. "Courtney (Merkle) had a couple great saves that were really the key to this match, along with us limiting their quality chances."

The second half of the game between the Cowgirls and the Broncos saw UW control the ball well and get off two quality shots. Wyoming's first quality shot came in the 71st minute by Liz O'Reilly, but BSU keeper Ruiz kept it out. The Cowgirls only other shot on goal during the second half came in the 85th minute, as Cassie Sheffield put the ball on goal, but again Ruiz had the answer. The final five minutes of the game saw Boise State take four consecutive shots with three of them on goal, but Merkle kept all three out, sealing the, 1-0, win for the Cowgirls.

"We know we need to be ready for New Mexico State on Sunday, they are every bit as good as Boise is, but it really helps our confidence to come away with a win today," concluded Sanchez.

Wyoming will continue their home stand on Sunday, Sept. 26 against New Mexico State beginning at 12 P.M. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.