Cowgirls End Season with Win over Air Force

Oct. 26, 2012

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - A Liz O'Reilly corner kick headed in by senior Sydney Jones in the first half gave the Cowgirl soccer team a 1-0 victory over Air Force to close the 2012 season Friday afternoon at the Indoor Practice Facility.

The win provided Wyoming its first conference victory of the year to improve to 8-8-2 overall and 1-5-1 in the Mountain West, while the Falcons fell to 5-9-3, 0-7-0 in the MW. The game marked the final career match for seniors Carmen Blume, Jenny Johnson, Ashlyn Mazur, Courtney Merkle, Amy Sarandopoulos, Cassie Sheffield and Jones.

"It was a good way to finish the year with a victory and send the seniors out with a win," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "I'm proud of how the team played in their final game and pleased with their effort to finish strong. We look forward to the offseason to prepare for next year and continue the success of Cowgirl soccer.

"This senior class has helped build a proud Wyoming Soccer tradition and their contributions to the team have been huge during their time with the program. I'm grateful for their hard work during my first season and the leadership they provided for their teammates."

Jones' goal was her second of the year and for her career as she headed O'Reilly's perfectly placed ball into the lower left corner of the Air Force net at the 18:13 mark of the opening half. The goal was also the Cowgirls' 30th for the year, which breaks the Cowgirl soccer all-time mark for goals during a regular season.

Wyoming outshot the Falcons by a 6-2 count in the first half, although Air Force kept the game close by battling back to tie the shot attempts at 12 apiece to finish the game. The Cowgirls put eight shots on goal to Air Force's two as Falcon keeper Kelly Stambaugh earned seven saves.

UW goalie Courtney Merkle earned two saves in the game and recorded her second shutout of the year , the 16th of her career, to improve to 4-6-2 for the season. The Lethbridge, Alberta, native played in her 79th career game, breaking the all-time mark of 78 held by former Cowgirls Kara Walters (2002-05) and Juliana Candaleria (2007-10).

Sara Paul, Mollee Ramsay and Jones each had two shots in the game while O'Reilly, Loren Mahoney, Olivia Mohtadi, Lucie McDowell and Blume had one apiece. O'Reilly's assists was her seventh assist of the year, which ties for third-best on the all-time amount in a single season.