Cowgirl Soccer Suffers First Defeat Of Mountain West Play Against San Diego State

Oct. 21, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (9-5-3 overall, 2-1-1 Mountain West) lost their first MW game of the season, falling 1-0 to the San Diego State Aztecs (8-6-3 overall, 2-1-1 MW). Aztec Cat Walker scored the game winning goal in the sixth minute of today's game.

"We talked about getting a fast start and it just didn't happen today," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "They have a lot of dangerous players and for the most part we limited their chances on goal, but the early goal is really what killed us."

The Aztecs started quickly in the first half scoring on the first shot of the game. In the sixth minute, Aztec Sophie Metz passed the ball across the UW penalty area to her teammate Walker who kicked the ball low into the left corner of the UW net. The Aztecs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead. Cowgirl Kayla Davis attempted to answer the quick SDSU goal with a shot in the 12th minute, but the ball sailed high of the SDSU net. For much of the first half the Cowgirls and the Aztecs battled for possession limiting each other's scoring chances. The Cowgirls best chance to score in the first half came in the 41st minute. Wyoming's Sydney Jones took a shot that forced SDSU keeper Rachel Boaz to make a save. Three minutes later UW was awarded a corner kick that was served into the box by Sara Paul, and Ashlyn Mazur put her head to the ball, but it sailed high of the SDSU net. At the 45 minute mark the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Aztecs.

"You can't leave Cat Walker alone in the box and she scored a very good goal on us," Sanchez said.

The second half started well for the Cowgirls earning a corner kick in the 55th minute. Paul again took the corner kick and Davis headed the ball at the SDSU net, but again it went high. SDSU answered with three straight shots on goal in the 58th minute forcing UW keeper Courtney Merkle to make three consecutive saves. Wyoming answered the San Diego State pressure with two shots in the 61st minute. Cowgirl Ellen McCormick put the first shot at the Aztec net, but it was blocked by a SDSU defender. On the rebound off McCormick's shot, Carmen Blume took a shot that was on frame but saved by Boaz. Paul put UW's next shot on goal in the 73rd minute again forcing Boaz to make a save. The Cowgirls final attempt at the equalizing goal came in the 89th minute when Paul put another shot on frame with Boaz making the game saving play. The clock hit the 90th minute and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Aztecs.

"I thought we came back and played pretty well in the second half," Sanchez added.

The Cowgirls outshot the Aztecs 11-8 in the game, but lost the shots on goal battle 6-4. Paul and Davis led UW in shots with three each. Keeper Merkle made five saves on the day.

Wyoming will continue its final weekend of home matches on Sunday, Oct. 23 when they host the UNLV Rebels. Before the 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, the Cowgirls will honor their three outgoing seniors in Davis, Allison Masumiya and Nicole Rice. Also on Sunday every fan will receive a free box of Gobstoppers for being in attendance.

"UNLV is a very good team," Sanchez said. "They started a little slow on the season, but they have really picked it up. They are very technical and we are going to have to really play hard from the beginning."