Oct. 28, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team beat Air Force 3-0 to win its final conference game of the season, Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo.
With their third consecutive shutout win, the Cowgirls improve to 8-6-3 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force falls to 4-15-1 overall and 0-7 in MWC play.
The Cowgirls struck early and never looked back after freshman Amanda Lathrop scored at the 24:42 mark of the first half on an assist from freshman Tamika Wilson. The goal is the fourth of Lathrop's young career. Despite outshooting Air Force 10-2 in the half, the Cowgirls led 1-0 at halftime.
The Cowgirls scored again just over 10 minute into the second half when senior Mercy Adetoye scored her ninth goal of the season. On the play, Wilson beat the Air Force goalkeeper to a loose ball and found Adetoye in front of the net for the goal. The assist was Wilson's second of the game and her fourth of the season.
Air Force then helped to seal their own fate when they scored on their own goal in the 58th minute. On the play, Adetoye sent a cross into the middle of the box and a Falcon defender misplayed the ball and it went into the back of their own net. The game ended in a 3-0 Cowgirl win.
In the match the Cowgirls outshot Air Force 18-7 and took three corner kicks to Air Force's zero. Junior Kristen Stangl led the Cowgirls with five shots, four of which were on the Air Force goal.
Sophomore Ashley Sheppard earned her third consecutive, and fourth overall, shutout in conference play this season. She made three saves in the match.
"It was good to win our last conference game of the season and to give ourselves a little momentum heading into the conference championships next week," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We didn't play our best game of the season, but we did enough to win the game and that is what's important. We did an especially good job of creating opportunities on the offensive end. I thought our defense did a good job of staying organized especially when they put the pressure on us after we scored our first goal."
The Cowgirls will close out the regular season on Sunday when they host Northern Colorado. The game will be senior day for three Cowgirl seniors in Mercy Adetoye, Kara Walters and Celia White. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.
"We are excited to close out the season at home and to give our three seniors a chance to play one more game in front of our home crowd," added Moore. "I hope that a lot of people can come out to support us one last time and especially to support those three seniors who have meant so much to this program."