Bittersweet Ending to Cowgirl Soccer Senior Day

Oct. 15, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Cowgirl Soccer's senior day celebration was cut short by San Diego State on Sunday as the Aztecs defeated Wyoming 2-0 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie. The Cowgirls move to 6-6-3 overall and 1-1-2 in Mountain West Conference play and the Aztecs improve to 6-7-2 overall and 2-0-2 in MWC play.

"We have a great group of seniors and I wish we could have gotten a win today for them," head coach Anne Moore said.

Sunday marked the last home game for five Wyoming seniors, each of which have been major contributors in recording the three best seasons in Cowgirl Soccer history. Kristen Stangl, Carolyn Clarke, Christine Nagel, Kristin Gurrola and Christina Best each played in their final home game on Sunday.

San Diego State got on the board early as sophomore forward Jen Mello scored her seventh goal of the year at the 9:53 mark to put the Aztecs up 1-0.

Wyoming and San Diego State went back and forth the rest of the first half and deep into the second half until a penalty in Wyoming's 18-yard box put Mello on the line for a penalty kick. Mello converted the PK for her eighth goal of the year in the 87th minute to cap the win for the Aztecs.

"We outshot them 20 to nine and had some great opportunities towards the end, but we just couldn't finish," Moore said. "It's just unfortunate it had to end this way for the seniors."

The Cowgirls head to BYU next Thursday to take on the Cougars at 7 pm, then continue to the "City of Lights" to face the Rebels of UNLV Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 pm.