Sept. 26, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. (September 26, 2004) -- The University of WyomingCowgirl soccer team held on to a first half lead to beat Cal StateFullerton 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Cowgirls improved their overall record to 5-2-3while the Cal State Fullerton Titans fell to 2-6.
The Cowgirls got on the scoreboard at the 27:17 mark of the firsthalf when senior Mari Gomes found a streaking Mercy Adetoye for the goahead goal. This marked the first time all season that the Cowgirlshave scored a first half goal. The goal was all Wyoming would need asthey held Fullerton scoreless for 90 minutes to pick up their fifthwin of the season.
Despite outshooting the Cowgirls 17-16 in the match, the Titans wereunable to put one past freshman goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard as sherecorded her third shutout of the year while making eight saves.
"The team came into the day with a goal of scoring a first halfgoal and it was huge for us to get one," said UW head coach AnneMoore. "We didn't really know what to expect from Fullertonbecause we haven't played them in a couple years, so we put ourfocus on playing our game. We did make a little adjustmentdefensively to compensate their strength on offense and it worked out.
Once we got the goal, I just wanted us to play our game, move theball, look to find the outside and get the ball to our forwards and wedid exactly that.
"Ashley came up with a couple of huge saves in the six yard box.She came out of the net really strong on their crosses and cornerkicks and our defense did a great job defending their crosses and thatwas key because we knew that part of their game was very dangerous."
The Wyoming soccer team will return to action next weekend when theytravel to the state of Oregon for a Friday match with Oregon and aSunday match at Portland State. Friday's match is set to begin at 7p.m. (Pacific time) and Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m. (Pacifictime).