Oct. 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Despite going into halftime with a 1-1 tie against the No. 7 team in the country, the Cowgirl soccer team fell to San Diego State by a 3-1 score Friday evening at SDSU's Sports Deck.
The Cowgirls fall to 7-7-2 overall and 0-4-1 in conference play, while the Aztecs improve to 15-1-1, 5-0-0 as the only undefeated team in league action and increased its winning streak to eight games.
Freshman Mollee Ramsay quickly lifted Wyoming to a 1-0 lead just 4:32 into the game with her second career goal as a Cowgirl off a free kick from Liz O'Reilly, ending a four-game scoring drought for Wyoming since a 1-1 tie with Utah State on Sept. 23. Ramsay struck the ball from the opposite post past SDSU's keeper Rachel Boaz, who entered the contest with the 15th-best goals-against average in the nation at .564 and had a .845 save percentage.
The Aztecs tied the game at one apiece at the 30:00 mark with a goal by Tiffany Hurst assisted by Carli Johnson for her fourth score of the year.
Wyoming kept pace with the Aztecs throughout the first half, recording three shots to SDSU's six with goalie Courtney Merkle recording two saves. The second half favored San Diego State as they scored two goals on eight shot attempts, while the Cowgirls were unable to get a shot at the net.
Following a Wyoming foul in the goal box, the Aztecs' Victoria Barba converted a penalty kick at the 58:07 mark to move SDSU ahead by a 2-1 score. San Diego State would later add a security goal at the 73:01 mark when Sarah Halverson put another one past Merkle off an assist from Rachael McGlinchy for the final 3-1 tally.
The Aztecs finished the game outshooting the Cowgirls, 14-3, and had three corner kicks to Wyoming's two. Sara Paul, Mollee Ramsay and Ashlyn Mazur each earned one shot attempt, while Merkle recorded five saves in the game.
The Cowgirls travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for a match with New Mexico on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. The Lobos (9-5-2, 3-1-1 MW) are coming off a 1-0 victory over Air Force Friday night.