Cowgirls Soccer Plays To A 1-1 Tie With New Mexico

Oct. 14, 2011

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The Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (8-4-3 overall, 1-0-1 Mountain West) played the New Mexico Lobos (7-4-4 overall, 1-0-2 MW) to a 1-1 tie on Friday evening in Albuquerque, N.M. Freshman Cowgirl Lucie McDowell scored the Cowgirls goal in the 49th minute.

"I am pleased with the result tonight against the defending MW Champions," Cowgirl soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "This is a hard tough place to play. New Mexico is very good at home and I am pleased we were able to secure the point."

The Lobos came out early firing on the Cowgirls taking two shots on goal in the first seven minutes of the game. Both early shots by the Lobos were saved by Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle. Senior Cowgirl Allison Masumiya took UW's first and only shot of the half in the 10th minute, but the ball sailed wide of the Lobo net. Lobo Zaneta Wyne took UNM's next shot on goal in the 26th minute, but again Merkle had the answer. The Lobos managed one more shot in the first half with Merkle making the save. The Cowgirls and the Lobos remained tied 0-0 at halftime.

After a defensive battle in the first half the Cowgirls came out hot in the second half scoring on their first shot on goal of the game. In the 46th minute, Cowgirl Kayla Davis crossed the ball to McDowell who headed the ball past Lobo keeper Kelly Cornell. The goal gave UW a 1-0 advantage. New Mexico attempted to answer the UW goal in the 57th minute with two consecutive shots, but both went wide of the Wyoming net. Cowgirl Ellen McCormick put the Cowgirls next shot on goal in the 69th minute with Cornell making the save. Wyoming and New Mexico battled for possession for the next 20 minutes before the Lobos put in the game tying goal. In the 89th minute, New Mexico's Natalie Jenks received a cross from Elba Holguin and headed it past Merkle. The clock hit 90 minutes with the Cowgirls and the Lobos tied at one goal each, forcing a sudden death overtime.

"Lucie scored a great goal on a really great service by Kayla," Sanchez added.

In the first overtime period, the Cowgirls and the Lobos started slow, but UNM put two shots on goal in the 98th minute. Lobos Stephanie Rowe and Briana Webster put two consecutive shots on goal forcing Merkle to make game saving plays. Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly put UW's only shot on goal in the first overtime, but UNM keeper Cornell had the answer.

The Lobos came out in the second overtime with a shot in the 102nd minute that went wide of the UW net. UW's Sara Paul attempted to score the game winning goal in the 107th minute, but again Cornell made the save. The Lobos put the final shot on goal of the game with Merkle making another game saving play. The clock hit 110 minutes and the score remained tied 1-1.

The Lobos outshot the Cowgirls 22-7 in the game and forced Merkle to make eight saves. McDowell led the Cowgirls in shots with two and scored her third goal of the season.

The Cowgirls will now travel to Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 16 to take on the TCU Horned Frogs. The match will kickoff at 12 p.m. MT and will be televised on the Mtn. Sports Network.

"TCU is going to be tough on Sunday," Sanchez said. "We can carry a little momentum from this game, but we need to be ready to play."