Sept. 30, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (7-4-2 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) began Mountain West play on Friday, defeating the Boise State Broncos (4-7-1 overall, 0-1 MW), 1-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch. Freshman Cowgirl Loren Mahoney scored her first career goal from 45-yards out in the 49th minute to down the Broncos.
"I think this is how every conference game is going to be played," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "You have to get something out of every game especially at home. We are pleased to get the three points at home to start conference."
In the first half, the Cowgirls had two early chances to score when Ellen McCormick put two shots on goal in the first 13 minutes of the game. McCormick put her first shot on goal in the sixth minute, but Boise State keeper Liz Ruiz made the save. McCormick also put a header shot on goal seven minutes later that was again saved by Ruiz. In the 28th minute, Bronco Kati Lucas put BSU's first shot on goal, but Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle made the save. Cowgirl Lucie McDowell took Wyoming's next chance at goal in the 31st minute with new Bronco keeper Megan Blanchard making the save. The Broncos were able to get one more shot on goal in the 41st minute but UW's Ashlyn Mazur headed the ball away from the Cowgirl net. Both teams played solid defense in the first half and the score remained 0-0 at halftime.
At the beginning of the second half the Cowgirls came out looking for the go-ahead goal. In the 49th minute Cowgirl Mahoney answered the call. Following a Boise State foul, Mahoney took a free kick 45-yards from the BSU goal, hammering it into the top right corner past Blanchard. The goal was the first of Mahoney's young Cowgirl career and gave UW a 1-0 advantage. After the Mahoney goal, the UW defense stiffened up, but the Broncos attempted to answer four minutes later putting a shot on goal forcing a save from Merkle. The UW defense allowed just one more shot on goal in the 70th minute of the game, but again Merkle had the answer. Twenty minutes later when the stadium clock hit 90 minutes the Cowgirls remained on top 1-0.
"Loren's goal was a tough service and it is tough for goal keepers to deal with that," Sanchez said. "We were very happy to get that goal because Boise State wasn't giving us a lot of chances."
Wyoming took 11 shots during the game to Boise State's six. UW put five shots on goal to BSU's four. Mahoney scored her first career goal as a Cowgirl. Leading the Cowgirls in shots were Liz O'Reilly, McCormick and Carmen Blume with two each. Today's shutout was the UW defense's second shutout in as many games.
"Our defense really limited their opportunities," Sanchez added. "Jenny (Johnson) really gutted it out today not being 100 percent and playing all 90 minutes. We can't expect to win every game 1-0 but in a tough conference game we will take it."
On Sunday, Oct. 2 the Cowgirls will host Northern Colorado for their final game of their eight-game home stand and their final non-conference game of the season. Kickoff for Sunday's match is set for 1 p.m. Also Sunday the Cowgirls will honor October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink uniforms. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to receive free admission.