Oct. 25, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. - *Air Force at Wyoming - Air Force 2-1 - Box Score
A strange soccer match ended in the Air ForceAcademy's favor today. The Falcons put away the University of Wyoming, 2-1,and improved their record to 4-13-1 (2-4 MWC). The Cowgirls fell to 7-9-1(0-6 MWC) and will take the seventh seed into the Mountain West ConferenceTournament next week.
With leading scorers Kelly McShane and Sara Stephens out of the game, theCowgirls had to shift players around to fill those positions. The lack oftime to prepare for the change was apparent.
Air Force's Stephanie Rader scored the first goal at 36:49 with Laura Abtmaking the assist. In the second period, an interesting play brought theCowgirls their only goal. Katrina Morton kicked the ball into Air Force'sbox, and a Falcon kicked it into the net, scoring a goal for Wyoming. MeganMarsh received credit for the goal, being the closest player to the action.
The two teams battled it out for quite some time without either scoring.AFA's Rader scored the game winning goal on a penalty kick. The infractionwas called a handball on a Wyoming player in the box. The Cowgirls' KatieGroke and Abby Mouch both received yellow cards in contention of the call.Air Force also received a yellow card three minutes later.
"They put a lot of pressure on us and forced us to make some bad passes,"said Wyoming's head coach Anne Moore. "We didn't have as much composure aswe usually do. It's disappointing because we can play much better thanthis. We worked hard, but we weren't smart. We moved Katrina Morton andMegan Marsh from midfield to forward and a day and a half isn't much time tolearn a new position. It was frustrating because we were playing the ballwhere we were supposed to, but they just didn't know where they needed tobe. They worked hard, though, and got good experience."
The Cowgirls host their final home game of the season Sunday, Oct. 29.Colorado College has had a good season and both teams hope to close on agood note. A 1 p.m. kickoff is set for the match.