Cowgirl Soccer Falls to Oregon, 3-1

Oct. 2, 2004

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LARAMIE, WYO. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team dropped a 3-1 contest to the Oregon Ducks, Friday night, at Pape Field in Eugene, Ore.

With the loss, the Cowgirls overall record falls to 5-3-3 while the Ducks improve to 2-7-1.

Oregon took an early lead on the Cowgirls when Mele French took a pass from Sabrina DeMonte and scored at the 27:19 mark of the first half. Kami Kapaku put the Ducks up 2-0 with an unassisted goal at the29:25 mark.

Wyoming answered with their only goal of the game at the end of the first half. At the 38:55 mark, junior Mercy Adetoye went on a break away and was taken down inside the box and the Cowgirls were given a penalty kick. Senior Melissa Bowman stepped up and converted the PK for the only Cowgirl goal of the match. Duck Christine Mintz was red carded and ejected for the foul.

Despite playing a man down, Oregon added an insurance goal at the61:26 mark of the second half on an Andrea Valdez unassisted goal.The Cowgirls were unable to answer, and the game ended in a 3-1 Oregon victory. Oregon outshot the Cowgirls 15-11 in the match.

Domenique Lainez earned the win in goal for Oregon making four saves.

Freshman Ashley Sheppard shouldered the loss in the Wyoming net, making seven saves.

"Oregon came out and played really well tonight, maybe the best they have all year and we didn't do a very good job of matching their intensity," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "The defense worked extremely hard but we didn't do a very good job of taking care of the ball up top and that really hurt us. We committed too many unforced errors."

The Cowgirls will return to action on Sunday when they take on the Portland State Vikings. Game time is set for 11 a.m. (Pacific Time).

"Portland State is a tough team that has some quality wins this season," added Moore. "We need to show up ready to play and do a better job of moving the ball and playing our game."