Oct. 19, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowgirl soccer team improved their Mountain WestConference record to 4-0 by shutting out the Air ForceFalcons 2-0 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Laramie, Wyo.UW is now 9-6 on the season and tied for the conference topspot with Utah.
The Falcons and Cowgirls ended the first period in a 0-0deadlock. Air Force managed to get off seven shots to theCowgirls six going into halftime. Senior goalkeeper LoriScheider continued her solid play this season collectingfive saves in the opening period.
UW got on the scoreboard with their first goal at the 50:40spot in the second period. Junior Mari Gomes found the backof the net on a great pass from freshman Christine Nagel.The goal is Gomes' team leading fifth of the season. Nagelwould score the Cowgirls second and final goal just threeminutes later at the 53:15 mark. The freshman, fromLittleton, Colo., deflected an Air Force goal kick and thenseparated herself from two defenders and scored as Air Forcegoalkeeper J.J. Wolf came out of the box in an attempt tostop her. The goal was her second of the season.
The Cowgirl defense recorded their sixth shutout of theseason, and third blanking of a MWC opponent. Scheiderrecorded eight saves on the day moving her season total to108. Her six shutout's leads the conference. Seniordefender Kara Walters was a key part of the Cowgirl "D"on Sunday by controlling the backfield and causing problemsfor the Air Force fowards.
"This team has been working so hard and they are finallycoming together," added UW head coach Anne Moore. "Theyare more confident then they have ever been and they arehungry for a Mountain West Championship. We have BYU andUtah left and they will be two very tough games, but withthe way our girls are playing and with their confidencebeing so high I think anything is possible and we have agreat shot at a conference championship."
The Cowgirls will now prepare for their biggest games ofthe season as they take on BYU on Thursday, Oct. 23rd inProvo, Utah and then Utah on Saturday, Oct. 25th in SaltLake City. The Cougars are ranked No. 12 in the nation butsit below the Cowgirls with a 3-1 record in the conferencewhile the Utes are currently ranked No. 25 in the nation andare also undefeated, 4-0, in MWC play.