Cowgirls and Rebels Battle to 1-1 Tie

Oct. 17, 2009


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After giving up a first half goal, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer squad came back and tied the UNLV Rebels at one in double overtime on Saturday in Laramie.

The draw leaves Wyoming with an overall record of 9-5-3 and 3-1-1 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is now 5-6-5 overall and 1-2-1 in league play.

"I am pleased that we were able to come back after being down a goal and get the equalizer," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "We played with a lot more energy in the second half and created some chances. UNLV is a very good team and I am glad to get the result."

UNLV scored the first goal of the game at the 21:15 mark in the first period. Ashleigh Shoughro was alone in the box and scored the goal after getting passes from Brittney Flores and Colette Jepson.

The Cowgirls were forced to play from behind in the second half, but were able to find the equalizer. Senior Emma Wilson took a corner kick and crossed the ball when freshman Carmen Blume was able to head in her fourth goal of the season at the 71st minute.

In the overtime periods both teams had equal possession. The Cowgirls and Rebels both took three shots and had two corner kick opportunities in the overtime periods.

Senior Emily Layton and freshman Mara Cosgrove led the team with three shots each. Freshman keeper Courtney Merkle allowed the one goal, but made three saves.

"After our game on Thursday, I thought that we came out with a lot more energy and more confidence," said junior defender Bostyn Burger. "This game today proved that we can play hard and still get a result. We didn't win, but we still played well and were able to come back and get the result."

Wyoming will play their last home game of the season next Saturday, Oct., 24, against Utah. The match will be the final home game for four seniors, Kerstyn Etheridge, Morgan Johnson, Emily Layton, and Emma Wilson. The Cowgirls and Utes will kickoff at 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.