Oct. 28, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
All the University of Wyoming soccer team needed was one goal to hand the Mountain West Conference leading UNLV Rebels their first conference loss of the season, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the MWC. UNLV falls to 9-4-5 overall and 4-1-1 in the MWC.
After a well matched, back and forth first half of soccer, the Cowgirls struck first when junior Tamika Wilson pushed through the UNLV defense and blasted the eventual game winning goal from the left side of the 18-yard box. The goal, Wilson's ninth of the year and 17th of her career, came at the 51:27 mark. Her 17 career goals are a tie for the third most career goals in UW history. She also has nine career game-winning goals, the most in school history.
"We played really well today and got a nice win," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "I am really proud of how well we rebounded after a tough loss to BYU on Friday. We did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground today and had some really nice runs. We created some great scoring opportunities in the second half and Tamika powered her way through the defense and gave us the goal we needed."
The match was very evenly played as each team took 14 shots. Eight of UW's shots were on goal while just four of UNLV's shots were on the UW net. The Cowgirls took three corner kicks to UNLV's one.
The Cowgirl defense had another great day, earning their fifth shutout of the season. UW senior goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard made four saves in the match.
The Cowgirls will return to action next Saturday for their final regular season game of the year. They host the Utah Utes at 12 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.