Cougars Too Much For Cowgirls

Oct. 2, 2010


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The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (6-7 overall, 0-1 Mountain West Conference) hung with the No. 12 Brigham Young Cougars (10-1-1 overall, 1-0 MWC) for one half but ultimately lost, 4-1 on Saturday.

"I was pleased that we did not hang our heads after giving up the first early goal, and we were able to come back and Kayla (Davis) scored a very nice goal," UW head coach Danny Sanchez said. "BYU is a very good team and in order for us to get the result we wanted we needed to play for 90 minutes not just 45."

The first half of action between the Cowgirls and the Cougars began quickly as BYU was able to get its first goal in the third minute of the game. The Cougars Kassidy Shumway stole the ball from the UW defense and kicked it high past Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle. The BYU offensive pressure did not slow as they took the first five shots of the game putting three of the five on goal. The Cowgirls were not intimidated as they were able to answer the BYU goal, with one of their own in the 27th minute just after a BYU foul. Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly put the free kick across the Cougar penalty area and Kayla Davis headed the ball past BYU keeper McKinzie Olson, tying the game 1-1. The Cougars kept the pressure on the Cowgirls, but the UW defense stiffened not allowing another goal during the first half. Wyoming and Brigham Young went to halftime tied, 1-1.

The Cowgirls started the second half with two quick shots in the first 10 minutes. The first shot of the half came from UW's O'Reilly, but BYU keeper Olson made the save. The second UW shot of the half came in the 54th minute by Carmen Blume, but the BYU team made the save. This was the Cowgirls only chances to score before BYU reclaimed the lead just after the one-hour mark of the game. In the 63rd minute the Cougar's Lindsi Lisonbee took a free kick and put the ball in the top left corner of the UW goal past keeper Merkle. BYU kept the offensive pressure on UW and made it a two goal game six minutes later. Brigham Young's Jessica Ringwood took the pass from Auna Janis-Doria and put another shot in the top left corner of the UW goal. Wyoming could not keep the Cougars out of the goal giving up another goal to BYU in the 74th minute. Cougar Dana Oldroyd took a rebounded shot just outside of the UW penalty area and kicked it past a diving Merkle to make the score 4-1 in favor of BYU. The final whistle sounded as the 4-1 score held in favor of the Cougars.

The Cougars outshot the Cowgirls 17-7 during today's game. The Cowgirls were able to manage four shots on goal during the game, but just one hit the back of the BYU net. Wyoming's Davis, who missed much of the early season due to injury, scored her first goal of the season in today's game. Cowgirl O'Reilly's assist today moved her into sole possession of third place on the Wyoming single-season assist list.

"We will take some positives from this, but we will need to pick it up and be ready for Utah next week," Sanchez added.

Next weekend Wyoming soccer will begin a three game conference road trip beginning on Friday, Oct. 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah taking on the Utah Utes. The Cowgirls and the Utes match will kickoff at 7 p.m. Mountain Time.