Oct. 7, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team won its Mountain West Conference opener on Friday afternoon with a 1-0 win over San Diego State at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win the Cowgirls improve to 5-3-3 overall and 1-0 in the MWC. San Diego State falls to 8-6 overall and 0-1 in MWC play.
After 82 minutes of scoreless soccer, junior Christina Best broke the tie with her first goal as a Cowgirl. Best scored at the 82:18 mark when she picked up a loose ball outside the top of the box, on a corner kick, and drilled it past the Aztec goalkeeper for the eventual game winner.
After the Best goal, San Diego State increased their pressure and had a good scoring opportunity with under a minute left. After a San Diego State shot sent sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard diving to the ground, sophomore Andrea Soltau made a game saving block at the far post on a second Aztec shot. The Soltau block secured the win for the Cowgirls.
In the match, the Cowgirls out-shot the Aztecs 11-9. Sheppard earned the shutout win in the UW net, making two saves.
"This game was a battle," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "All of our MWC games will be tight and come down to the little things.
"Today we fought hard for the 50-50 balls and came away with most of them. Jess Brown and Corey Thieman did a great job controlling the headers at midfield. Our defense was excellent today, but this was an overall team effort. Our midfield and back line created good pressure on the ball all game and did not give San Diego State many opportunities.
"It came down to the wire and I knew that the corner kick could be our chance. After a deflection, the ball came out high to Best, who has a great shot, and she just buried it. It is huge to get this first conference win, because every game counts toward your seed in the conference tournament and one game can be the difference between first and last."
The Cowgirls will return to action on Sunday as they host MWC rival UNLV. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.