Sept. 25, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (6-4-2 overall) played the Creighton Bluejays (5-4-1 overall) to a 0-0 tie on Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch.
"We played well today creating a lot of opportunities," Cowgirl soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "Creighton is a very dangerous team and we really limited their opportunities. Maybe a little unfortunate to not get a game winner, but I think we have played our best soccer of the year this weekend."
The Wyoming offense kicked the ball off in the first half looking for an early goal. Carmen Blume put UW's first shot on goal in the second minute of the game which was saved by CU keeper Alicia Montgomery. Junior Sydney Jones put UW's next two shots on goal in the 11th and 14th minutes, but again Montgomery had the answer. The Cowgirls managed three more shots in the next 20 minutes but none threatened the Bluejay net. The Wyoming defense was very stingy in the first half not allowing a shot for Creighton until the 33rd minute. The Bluejays managed two shots in the 33rd and 36th minutes, but neither came close to the UW net. In the 39th minute, the Cowgirls managed three shots on goal by Lucie McDowell, Kasey Curtis and Liz O'Reilly, but none got past Montgomery. The Cowgirl defense allowed just two shots in the first half to the Bluejays and neither were on goal. Wyoming and Creighton went to halftime knotted at 0-0.
The Cowgirls began the second half again looking for the early goal. Jones took the first two shots of the half in the 47th and 52nd minutes but Montgomery was forced to save one and kept the ball out. The Cowgirls kept on the offensive attack and in the 70th minute had perhaps their best chances to score. Redshirt freshman Sara Paul put her first shot on goal in the 70th minute with Montgomery making the save. Curtis put a shot on goal 50 seconds later, but again Montgomery kept the ball out. Wyoming was able to take three more shots on goal by Curtis, Jenny Johnson but all three were savedby Montgomery. The Wyoming defense played another very solid half allowing Creighton just one shot in the second half that did not reach the UW goal. The Cowgirl defense held the Bluejays without a shot on goal in the first two periods of the game. After Curtis' final shot of the half in the 90th minute was saved, UW and CU ended regulation as the game started at 0-0. The tie in regulation resulted in sudden death overtime periods.
In the first overtime, the Cowgirls managed two shots but neither forced a save by Montgomery. The Bluejays put their first shot on goal in the final minute of the first overtime period but UW goalkeeper Courtney Merkle made the save.
The second overtime period saw CU get its second shot on goal by Beth Fyles, but again Merkle had the answer making the save. In the 103rd and 104th minutes, the Cowgirls were awarded back-to-back corner kicks and the second resulted in a shot by McDowell that hit the crossbar of the CU goal and went out of bounds. Jones took one more shot for UW in the 108th minute but it did not threaten the Bluejay goal. When the 110th minute hit the Cowgirls and the Bluejays remained tied 0-0.
The Cowgirls outshot the Bluejays 25-6 in the game and put 13 shots on goal, while allowing two. Jones recorded the most shots for UW in today's game with six and put three on goal. Freshman Curtis took five shots with for on goal against the Bluejays. The Wyoming defense allowed six shots on the day with just two on goal.
"Sydney (Jones), Ashlyn (Mazur), Jenny (Johnson) and Loren (Mahoney) played rock solid today," Sanchez said. "They really limited the quality opportunities for them (Creighton) today. Sydney also really helped our attack today forcing them (Creighton) to play defense on her."
Wyoming soccer will conclude its eight game home stand next Friday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. On Sept. 30, the Cowgirls will host Mountain West newcomer Boise State for the first conference action for both teams. On Sunday, Oct. 1 the Cowgirls will play host to the Northern Colorado Bears for the annual Front Range Derby.
"Nothing is as important as conference play and we know Boise State is going to come in here on Friday and be ready to play," Sanchez added.