Cowgirl Soccer Beats Air Force 1-0 in MWC Opener

Oct. 8, 2004

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LARAMIE, WYO. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team beat the Air Force Academy Falcons in their Mountain West Conference opener, 1-0, Friday night at Cadet Soccer Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 6-3-4 overall and 1-0 in MWC play. Air Force falls to 3-8-1 and 0-1 in conference play.

The Cowgirls scored the first goal of the game, which turned out to be the game winner, on a corner kick at the 22:52 mark of the first half. Sophomore Christine Nagel took the corner kick and it went through the Air Force goalkeeper's hands and into the back of the net to put the Cowgirls up 1-0. The goal is Nagel's second of the season.

One goal was all the Cowgirl defense would need as they shutout the Falcons for the entire 90 minutes to pick up the win. Freshman Ashley Sheppard notched the shutout in net for the Cowgirls, recording three saves. The shutout is Sheppard's fourth of the season and is the team's fifth.

The Cowgirls outshot the Falcons 12-8 in the match. UW senior Sarah Skinner led both teams in shots with four, two of which were on the Air Force goal.

"I thought we played really well tonight," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We moved the ball well and really connected on our passing. We created a bunch of scoring opportunities especially in the first half. In the second half, Air Force pressed us hard but our defense did a great job of holding strong."

The Cowgirls will return to Laramie to take on Northern Arizona University this Sunday, in their final non-conference match of the season. NAU enters Sunday's match with a 3-6-2 overall record after tying Denver 1-1, Friday night. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.

"Sunday will be a good opportunity to play at home again," added Moore. "NAU is a tough, physical team and we need to be prepared for that and play our game despite their physicalness."