Cowgirl Soccer Downed By Utah, 3-2

Oct. 19, 2000


*Utah at Wyoming - Utah 3-2 - Box Score

A disappointing loss came to theUniversity of Wyoming Soccer team today against Mountain West Conferencerival, Utah. The Utes improved their record to 10-6-1 (3-2 MWC) while theCowgirls fell to 7-7-1 (0-4 MWC).

Utah came out running in the first half with junior forward Amy Kofoedscoring the first goal at 8:50. Alli Cerruti made the assist. The Utesscored again less than ten minutes later on a boot from Shauna Gurr. Kofoedhelped out with the assist.

The Cowgirls improved in the second period and kept up better with Utah.Sara Stephens scored UW's first goal unassisted at 50:14, but Utah's Kofoedcame back and scored for Utah again four minutes later. Wyoming's KellyMcShane scored at 59:05 on a rebound off a UW shot. The ball was actuallycaught by Utah's goalkeeper, Lynnsey Asay, but the ball was in the goal areaand scored a point for UW. This was McShane's tenth goal of the season, acareer high for the program.

Wyoming looked like they were going to be able to tie up the game whenKatrina Morton headed a ball into the net, but the play was ruled deadbefore the shot. The official called a Wyoming player for infringing on thegoalkeepers position. UW mounted another scoring opportunity in the final severalminutes of the game, but a loose ball in the box was again blown dead by the officialto protect the Utah goalie who was sprawled on the ground.

The Cowgirls were outshot 25-14. Goalie Amanda Vandervort had aseason-high-tying twelve saves.

"The biggest disappointment, for me, is how we played the first half," saidWyoming's head coach Anne Moore of her team's performance. "We were slow.Utah was pressuring us and we gave up two goals. We came out much strongerin the second half, but we should have come out ready to play."

Wyoming will have to shake off the loss to prepare for powerhouse BYU onSaturday. The Cougars come to Laramie ranked 15 in the nation and are on asix game winning streak. A 1 p.m. kickoff is set for the match.