Cowgirls Drop Second Match Of The Weekend

Oct. 16, 2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team (6-9-1 overall, 0-3-1 Mountain West Conference) was defeated, 2-0 by the San Diego State Aztecs (8-3 overall, 3-1 MWC) on Saturday in San Diego.

"I felt we played well for a few stretches today, but we didn't defend certain set pieces and it cost us the game today," UW head soccer coach Danny Sanchez said.

The Cowgirls started the offensive pressure early today taking two shots in the first five minutes of the game. In the third minute UW's Kayla Davis took a shot that sailed wide left. Liz O'Reilly also took an early shot for the Cowgirls in the fifth minute that forced SDSU keeper Aubree Southwick to make a save. San Diego State's defense would stiffen and not allow another shot from the Cowgirls until after they were able to gain an early advantage. In the 27th minute on the Aztecs second consecutive shot Soledad Gomez slipped the ball past UW keeper Courtney Merkle after a SDSU corner kick. Gomez was assisted on her goal by Michaela DeJesus and Haley Palmer. The Cowgirls kept the pressure on the Aztecs taking three more shots on goal in the first half but none hit the back of the SDSU net. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Aztecs at halftime.

The second half started with early offensive pressure from the Aztecs as they were able to take three consecutive shots in the first eight minutes. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls they were unable to withstand the pressure and they gave up the second SDSU goal of the game. In the 54th minute SDSU's Britney Bennett took a pass from Megan McQueeny 18 yards from the UW goal and put it in the upper right corner past UW keeper Merkle, making the score 2-0 Aztecs. The Cowgirls were able to take seven shots during the rest of the second half, but none hit the back of the Aztec net. As the final whistle sounded the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Aztecs.

"We were able to create a few chances in the second half, but we just couldn't get the goal to bring us back into the game," added Sanchez.

The Cowgirls outshot the Aztecs on the game 13 to 11, but could put any past SDSU keeper's Southwick or Megan Allaire.

Wyoming Soccer will now travel back to Laramie for their final three regular season matches beginning on Friday, Oct. 22 taking on TCU at 3 p.m.