Oct. 1, 2006
BOULDER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team hung with the 21st ranked team in the nation for 74 minutes, however, Colorado scored a pair of goals in the final 16 minutes of Sunday's match and the Cowgirls fell to the Buffaloes, 2-0, at Prentup Field in Boulder, Colo.
The loss snaps a four game winning streak for the Cowgirls and drops their record to 5-5-1. Colorado improves to 7-2-2 on the season.
After holding Colorado scoreless through the first 74 minutes of Sunday's game, the Buffs scored in the first second of the 75th minute to go up 1-0. On the scoring play, freshman Jess Quador put her head on a free kick from senior Laura Munnelly for the score. The Buffaloes then ended any hope of a Cowgirl comeback when sophomore Nikki Keller scored on an assist from senior Katie Griffin in the 85th minute.
"Despite the outcome, we did well defensively today. I thought our back four did a great job, our midfield was very organized and Ashley (Sheppard) had a couple of nice saves," said Wyoming head coach Anne Moore. "However, we couldn't get enough going offensively and we lost a tough game to a very talented team."
The Cowgirls struggled on offense, taking just seven shots to Colorado's 26. Sophomore Tamika Wilson took a team high two shots for Wyoming. UW junior goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard shouldered the loss in goal, making five saves but ultimately surrendering the two goals.
"We gave up a lot of shots which is kind of misleading as to how the game went," added Moore. "Even though they took 26 shots in the game, just seven of those were on goal. We did a nice job of making CU take deep shots and we kept them out of our box for the most part. Overall, I am pleased with the way we defended some excellent players but I am disappointed we couldn't find a way to win"
The Cowgirls will begin Mountain West Conference play at home next weekend. They will open the weekend on Friday against New Mexico before taking on Air Force on Sunday. Friday's game is scheduled to kickoff at 4 p.m. and Sunday's match will begin at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.