Wyoming Soccer Ties Portland State 2-2

Oct. 3, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirlsoccer team remained unbeaten in overtime this season, after playingto a 2-2 tie with Portland State, Sunday afternoon at PGE Park inPortland, Ore.

With the tie, the Cowgirls overall record moves to 5-3-4 and anunbeaten 2-0-4 in overtime. Portland State is now 3-5-2 on theseason.

Portland State took an early 1-0 lead when the Cowgirls scored ontheir own goal, off of a deflection, just 1:08 into the match. TheCowgirls answered at the 15:26 mark when senior Mari Gomes took a passfrom junior Mercy Adetoye at the 18-yard box and beat the PortlandState goalkeeper. The Vikings answered just 35 seconds later whenKari Otani scored on a cross from Julie Forrest at the 16:01 mark.Cowgirl sophomore Christine Nagel then tied the game when a floatingcross, from the right side of the box, fell behind the PSU keeper andbounced into the back of the net at the 31:46 mark. Adetoye picked upher second assist of the game on the goal.

The Cowgirls and Vikings played a scoreless second half and theCowgirls found themselves in overtime for a UW record, sixth time thisseason.

Portland State outshot the Cowgirls 6-1 in the two extra periods butneither defense gave any ground and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Freshman Ashley Sheppard and sophomore Lauren Hawthorne split time inthe UW net, picking up the tie. They combined to make nine saves.

"We did a great job of battling all game long," said UW headcoach Anne Moore. "It wasn't the prettiest game but we came backand answered them twice, and that was big. We showed a lot ofcharacter coming back after each one of their goals. We worked reallyhard to come back and get the tie and I am proud of our effort."

The Cowgirls will return to action this Friday in their Mountain WestConference opener. They will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. totake on the Air Force Academy Falcons in a 7 p.m. match. The Cowgirlswill return to Laramie for their final non-conference match of theseason against Northern Arizona next Sunday afternoon. Game time onSunday is set for noon at the UW Soccer Stadium.