Oct. 19, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Junior Tamika Wilson scored her eighth goal of the year (16th of her career) to lead the Cowgirls past the TCU Horned Frogs, one of the top-ranked teams in the Mountain West Conference, 1-0 Friday night at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie. Wyoming improves to 7-7-0 overall, 2-1-0 in the MWC while TCU slips to 7-8-0 overall and 2-2 in the MWC.
"This was a huge win for us," UW head coach Anne Moore said. "Any conference win is big and this one was as big as it gets."
The Cowgirls wasted no time taking control of the game as Wilson scored her eighth goal of the year at the 5:37 mark to give the Cowgirls the early lead and the eventual game-winning goal. Wilson put a beautiful shot past Horned Frog keeper Kelsey Walters in the top right corner bouncing it off the inside part of the post and into the back of the net. Wilson's goal puts her fourth all-time for the Cowgirls in scoring and second all-time in game-winning goals.
"Tamika (Wilson) has just done an outstanding job for us capitalizing on her opportunities and keeping her composure in pressure situations," Moore continued. "We are sure glad to have her on our side."
TCU came to Laramie tied for the MWC lead in wins with a 2-1-0 conference record and coming off a huge win at New Mexico. The Horned Frogs outshot the Cowgirls 18 to 13, but could not get it past the staunch Cowgirl defense.
"This was an extremely intense game right down to the end," Moore continued. "I am proud of the way our girls kept their composure to finish the job."
Wyoming senior keeper Ashley Sheppard earned her third win of the year, all of which have been shutouts. She now has 18 wins and 16 shutouts in her career.
The Cowgirls will head to sunny San Diego to take on the Aztecs Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m. The Aztecs are 6-6-2, 1-1-0 in the MWC headed into this weekend.
"We need to carry this momentum into San Diego and continue to play the way we have been," Moore said. "The Aztecs are coming off a huge upset against BYU and are playing as good as anyone in the conference. We need to stay focused on the task ahead of us and continue to do the little things right and see if we can continue to make some noise in the MWC."