Oct. 8, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team cruised to a key Mountain West Conference win as they beat Air Force 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
With the win, the Cowgirls remain unbeaten in MWC play with a 1-0-1 conference mark and a 6-5-2 overall record. Air Force falls to 3-8-3 overall and 0-1-1 in conference play.
"We played a great game today," said Wyoming head coach Anne Moore. "I really liked the speed at which we played. We really possessed the ball well and made some nice passes. I also thought we did a great job of switching fields and creating opportunities for our offense."
The Cowgirls didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard as their first shot in the game found the back of the Air Force net. Freshman Emily Layton took a corner kick early in the fourth minute and found sophomore Corey Thieman in the box for a beautiful header. Thieman's shot beat the Falcon goalkeeper and put the Cowgirls up 1-0.
Despite the Cowgirls early goal, Air Force came right back as Alison Wood finished a free kick from about 40-yards outside the Cowgirl goal in the 11th minute. On the scoring play, Rachael Emory took the free kick which was touched by Brittney Perkowski to Wood who finished the play.
The Cowgirls answered the Falcons when sophomore Tamika Wilson scored the Cowgirls second goal at the 28:20 mark. The goal also came from a Layton corner kick, her second assist of the game. The first half ended with the Cowgirls on top 2-1.
"We did a great job on our corner kicks today," added Moore. "We have been working on our corners at practice a lot lately, so it was great to score twice after not being able to convert one all season before today."
In the second half, the Cowgirls solidified their sixth win when Wilson took a through ball from senior Christine Nagel and beat the Air Force defense for her second goal of the match in the 66th minute.
UW sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff earned her first victory of the season, making 10 saves in the win.
The Cowgirls will continue MWC play next weekend with a pair of matches. They will play at TCU on Friday and return home to face San Diego State on Sunday. Friday's match will begin at 6 p.m. in Fort Worth, Texas and Sunday's will begin at 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.