UNLV Scores Last Second Goal to Beat Cowgirls

Oct. 9, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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In a cold, rain soaked Mountain West Conference match, the Wyoming soccer team surrendered a last second goal to UNLV and fell to the Rebels 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.

With the loss, the Cowgirls fall to 1-1 in conference play and 5-4-3 overall. UNLV improves to 2-0 in MWC play and 7-4-3 overall.

After 89 minutes and 51 seconds of scoreless soccer, UNLV sophomore Ashly O'Harrow scored the game winning goal with just nine seconds remaining in regulation. On the scoring play, UW goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard made saves on two consecutive UNLV shots, causing deflections, but was unable to do so on a third and O'Harrow's shot scored.

After being outshot 11-2 in the first half, the Cowgirls rebounded in the second and matched UNLV's seven shots with seven of their own.

One of UW's best scoring opportunities came with 25:06 remaining in the second half but UNLV goalkeeper Jenna Huff made a diving save on a Corey Thieman shot inside the 18-yard box. The closest the Cowgirls came to a goal was with 8:30 remaining in the game when Andrea Soltau's shot hit the crossbar on the UNLV goal.

Sheppard had one of her best games of the season in the UW goal, making a season high nine saves. Her best save came in the 36th minute of the first half when she made a diving play on a point blank UNLV shot in the middle of the 18-yard box.

"Like we keep telling our kids, every conference game is going to be a battle and today UNLV won that battle," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Our let down in the final seconds cost us today's game. We had some great scoring opportunities but didn't capitalize on them. It is especially frustrating because I thought we had better scoring opportunities than they did.

"We need to get back to work this week and get ready for two tough road games next weekend. Every game from here on out is gong to come down to who wants it more and who can finish, and we need to make sure that we are that team."

The Cowgirls will continue MWC play next weekend as they travel to Utah for games with Utah and BYU. The Cowgirls will play Utah on Thursday at 7 p.m. and BYU on Saturday at 6 p.m.