Oct. 12, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. - The University of WyomingCowgirl soccer team improved its MWC record to 2-0 with a3-1 win over San Diego State University, Sunday afternoon atthe UW Soccer Stadium.
The Cowgirls got an early lead when sophomore Mercy Adetoyescored her second goal of the season in the 39th minute.She scored from the top of the 18 yard box when freshmanChelsey Anderson found her with a crisp pass. The goal wasthe only score of the half and the Cowgirls went intohalftime with a 1-0 lead.
The Aztecs battled back and knotted the game at one, whenCourtney Burns scored, five minutes into the second half.Becky Prilaman and Erica Lopez assisted on the goal. TheCowgirls answered quickly as red shirt freshman KristenStangl scored her first career goal from about 50 yards outon a free kick to put Wyoming up 2-1.
In the 70th minute, Adetoye sealed the Cowgirl win with abreakaway goal, her second of the game. Stangl recorded herfirst career assist on the goal.
"Offensively we were able to create some greatopportunities and Mercy really punished them with herspeed," said UW head coach Anne Moore.
Wyoming goalkeeper Lori Scheider made eleven saves in thegame including a couple of big diving saves late in thematch.
"San Diego State has a great team and had some verydangerous opportunities," said Moore. "Lori came up bigin the box and our defense held strong.
"The overall team effort and excitement is just amazing.After all of the times we have come so close in the pastcouple of years it is really nice to be on the winning end.It is just a wonderful feeling to be 2-0 after the firstweek of conference play."
The Cowgirls, now 7-6 overall, are off to their bestconference start in the programs eight year history. Priorto this season, the Cowgirls had never won more than oneconference match in a given season.
The Cowgirls will play two MWC matches next weekend againstNew Mexico and Air Force. They will travel to New Mexicofor a Friday night match and will host the Air Force FalconsSunday afternoon. Start time in Albuquerque is set for 7 pmand action will get under way at 1 pm Sunday in Laramie.
"We can't be satisfied," said Moore. "That'sjust two down and we have two more big ones coming up thisweekend. We need to put forth the same intensity for all ofour conference games and hopefully we can continue toimprove."