Oct. 2, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team lost to Oregon 1-0 in the championship game of the 2005 UniWyo Shootout, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win, Oregon claimed the title of shootout and improve to 8-1-1, their best start ever. The Cowgirls fall to 4-3-3.
Oregon struck early when Caitlin Gamble scored on a rebound off of her own shot at the 4:02 mark. Her first shot, on the break, was deflected by UW freshman goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff but Gamble gathered the rebound and scored what proved to be the game winner. Despite giving up that early goal, the Cowgirls played very tough for the remainder of the first half, especially during the final 15 minutes. Each team tallied seven shots in the first half.
Both teams came out very strong in the second half but the Cowgirls had the best scoring opportunity of the half. In the 55th minute, senior Mercy Adetoye went one on one with Duck goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield, but Chatfield was able to come up with the big save. After 19 minutes of back and forth soccer, Oregon had its best opportunity of the half in the 74th minute but Jamie Scarcliff made a diving save to her right on a Tiffany Smith shot. Wyoming had another great opportunity with just under five minutes remaining, but Chatfield knocked down a cross by freshman Comfort Adetoye just to the right of the Oregon goal.
Oregon took five second half shots and out-shot the Cowgirls 12-10 in the match. Chatfield, who was selected as the tournament MVP, made five saves in the shutout win. Scarcliff made four saves in the loss.
"We had to resort to playing their game, which was a little disappointing," said UW coach Anne Moore. "However, they are an extremely tough team and this was a good team to face heading into conference play next weekend. They play a lot like San Diego State, so hopefully this will prepare us for the Aztecs on Friday.
"We played much better in the second half but we needed to win more 50/50 balls than we did. Overall, it was a very even game and our one mistake in the first half ended up costing us a chance at the win."
In Sunday's first match, Nevada used a first half goal by Aiva Luik to secure a 1-0 win over South Dakota State. Nevada out-shot SDSU 10-2 in the match.
The Cowgirls will open Mountain West Conference play next weekend at home against San Diego State and UNLV. Wyoming will take on San Diego State at 3 p.m. on Friday and UNLV at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be played at the UW Soccer Stadium.