Oct. 6, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In a soccer series that had seen nine of its 13 games decided by one goal or less, Wyoming and New Mexico added another chapter to their historic rivalry as they played to a 1-1 double overtime tie in the opening game of Mountain West Conference play for both teams, Friday evening at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. With the tie the Cowgirls record moves to 5-5-2 (0-0-1 in the MWC) while New Mexico becomes 6-4-2 (0-0-1 MWC).
"It was a good competitive game and both teams battled to the very end," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Both teams really played their hearts out today."
The Cowgirls started a little slow as they gave up an early goal to the Lobos. At the 5:34 mark, New Mexico's Bridgette Sanchez picked up a loose ball directly in front of the UW net, took a shot that was deflected by UW goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff then scored on a rebound from her first shot.
Despite the slow start, the Cowgirls came back with a vengeance and tied the game at 1-1 when freshman Emily Layton made a beautiful through pass to a streaking Comfort Adetoye in the 28th minute. Adetoye, a sophomore from Englewood, Colo., went on a breakaway and beat the New Mexico goalkeeper for her second goal of the season.
The two conference rivals played back and forth for over 80 minutes following the goals, including two overtime periods, but neither team was able to score again and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Both teams had great scoring opportunities throughout the scoring drought. New Mexico's best came in the 55th minute when a shot by Lobo Kaci Paetz hit the crossbar of the UW goal. The Cowgirls best opportunity came at the end of the first overtime period when Adetoye had a great look at the New Mexico goal but was tackled hard by a New Mexico defender right in front of the Lobo net.
"I thought we did a great job of winning 50/50 balls today and that was key for us," added Moore. "The intensity of today's game caused us to lose a little bit of our possession game, but we played hard and made the adjustments we had to make."
In the match, New Mexico held a slight shot advantage and outshot the Cowgirls 21-18, including a very close 4-3 advantage in the two overtime periods. Both teams put nine of their shots on goal in the match. Scarcliff, a sophomore from Arvada, Colo., made eight saves in the match playing all 110 minutes in the Cowgirl net.
The Cowgirls will look to get into the MWC win column on Sunday when the host Air Force. Game time is set for 11 a.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.