Wyoming Soccer Picks Up Big Win Over TCU

Oct. 22, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team picked up its first Mountain West Conference win of the season on Friday defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 2-0, on the rain soaked Louis S. Madrid Soccer pitch.

"I think we played very smart in the back today, TCU is one of the most explosive teams we have played all year and we did a great job of neutralizing their chances," UW head soccer coach Danny Sanchez said. "This was a must win game for us and I am very pleased with how we played today."

The win elevates the Cowgirls record to 7-9-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in the MWC. The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 7-9-1 overall and 1-4 in the MWC.

On a cold and rainy afternoon in Laramie, the Cowgirls came out red hot firing off four shots in the first nine minutes of the game. Three of the four early shots for UW were put on goal forcing TCU keeper Kelsey Walters to make the three early saves. Wyoming's early pressure would pay off just 10 minutes into the game on a corner kick. In the 10th minute, Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly centered a corner kick to her teammate Jerrica DiVincenzo who headed the ball low into the bottom right corner of the TCU goal. The Cowgirls kept the pressure on the Frogs during the first half, but TCU would answer with their own offensive pressure. TCU was able to take six shots during the first half with three of them on goal, but each time Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle had the answer keeping the ball out of the UW net. The first half ended with the Cowgirls leading 1-0.

"Liz served in a great ball and all I had to do was put my head on it and finish it," UW senior midfielder DiVincenzo said.

In the second half both teams started colder, but TCU had an early chance to score on UW in the 49th minute that was saved by the Cowgirl defense. The Frogs put the Cowgirl defense to the test in the second half taking six total shots with four of them on goal, but again each time UW keeper Merkle kept the ball from hitting the back of the UW net. The UW defense stiffened in the second half not allowing at TCU goal and in the final minute of the game the Cowgirls put the game out of reach. With just 52 seconds remaining, Cowgirl MaKenzie Meade stole the ball from the Horned Frogs just beyond midfield she ran behind the TCU defense and kicked the ball high past TCU keeper Walters sealing the victory for UW. The final whistle sounded just under a minute later with the score 2-0 in favor of the Cowgirls over the Horned Frogs.

"The last goal was just a great individual effort by MaKenzie, she really disserved that finish," added Sanchez.

"Our defense played with so much passion today, we all worked together and communicated well and we were able to get the result," sophomore keeper Merkle said.

Today's game saw UW freshman forward Liz O'Reilly move into a tie for first place with Amanda Lathrop on the Cowgirls single-season assist list with eight. Also freshman defender MaKenzie Meade scored the first goal of her Cowgirl career. UW's DiVincenzo scored her second goal of the season. The Cowgirls outshot the Horned Frogs 14-12 on the day, while each put seven shots on goal. Today's win was the fourth consecutive victory for Wyoming Soccer over TCU. Coach Sanchez has now won all three meetings against the Frogs during his tenure as the Cowgirl head coach. UW now leads the all-time series with TCU, 6-2-1.

"New Mexico is the top dog in the conference right now and an NCAA tournament team so we will enjoy this win, but we will get back to work tomorrow and get ready for New Mexico on Sunday," added Sanchez.

The Cowgirls will continue their final conference games at home on Sunday, Oct. 24 against league leading New Mexico beginning at 1 p.m. Wyoming soccer will conclude its regular season next Saturday, Oct. 30 against the Air Force Academy also beginning at 1 p.m.