Oct. 3, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
First year Wyoming Cowgirl soccer head coach Danny Sanchez now has his first Mountain West Conference win under his belt. The Cowgirl's second half goal was enough to hold off the Falcons of the Air Force Academy by a score of 1-0 on Friday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie.
In the first half the Cowgirls controlled the ball and out-shot the Falcons six to three, with three of the six put on goal. One of the Cowgirl opportunities in the first half came at the 33-minute mark when senior Amanda Lathrop sent a nice lob pass over the heads of the defenders to fellow senior Tamika Wilson. Wilson, in her second start of the year, got into the box where the Falcons bent, but did not break and turned the ball away.
"In the first half we did a nice job of creating opportunities for ourselves, we just couldn't capitalize on them," said Sanchez.
Maybe the play of the game came with one minute left in the first half when Air Force's Bridgett Murphy got away from a diving Jamie Scarcliff, the Wyoming goal keeper. Murphy put the ball on net, but Wyoming senior captain Laine Hubbard saved the day and sent the ball away from her own net. It ended the first half as both teams were dead-locked at zero.
When the second half started, the Cowgirls came out very aggressive and with 25:19 left, they made their move. After a loose ball rolled out to the 45-yard mark, Hubbard again came up and put a laser on net as it knuckled past the diving Ariana Green of Air Force to put the Cowgirls in the lead for good. It was Hubbard's second goal on the season and fourth of her career.
"Laine played great for us today and had a big time shot to give us the advantage," said Sanchez. "It was a typical conference battle out there and we are glad to get off to a good start."
After the Hubbard goal, the Cowgirls really did a nice job of controlling the ball and the possession so the Falcons could not amount an attack.
"Once we had the lead we did a really good job of limiting their opportunities and turning them away," said Sanchez.
On the horizon for the Cowgirls will be a non-conference match-up with the Boise State Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 5th, starting at 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.