Oct. 22, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
Cowgirl Soccer's weekend mission, win one game, clinch a postseason berth. Sunday, the Cowgirls not only won for the first time in Las Vegas in Wyoming soccer history, they are now headed for the postseason as they defeated the Rebels of UNLV 1-0 in one of the most intense games of the year. The Cowgirls improve to 2-2-2 in MWC play and 7-7-3 overall. UNLV is now 3-3-0 in the MWC and 8-9-1 overall.
"Today's game was a very evenly played match and I am thrilled we won," head coach Anne Moore said. "It was a very intense game and our kids stepped up and played great."
Freshman Emily Layton scored the biggest goal of her young career in the 73rd minute on a beautiful corner kick by sophomore Amanda Lathrop to give the Cowgirls the 1-0 lead and eventually the win. The goal was Layton's third of the year, she is tied for the team lead in goals. Lathrop's assist was her first on the year and fifth in her career.
"Emily did a great job finishing the goal, but also worked really hard on both the offensive and defensive end," Moore continued.
Wyoming's defense came up big all day to earn their fifth shutout of the season. "Our defense was awesome in getting the shutout, it was a very physical game," added Moore.
Lathrop, who had an early season injury, played really well on the outside for the Cowgirls. She was also moved up to forward which really added a new dimension to the Cowgirl attack. "Our midfielders did a great job of getting forward and putting pressure on them, which was key," said Moore.
With the victory, the Cowgirls have clinched a postseason berth in the Mountain West Conference Championships. This is the first year that teams have had to qualify for the championships, and with TCU and Air Force playing to a 0-0 tie, the Cowgirls are assured a chance to compete for the MWC title.
The Cowgirls will head to Salt Lake this week to take on the Utah Utes in their final game of the season on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm.