Cowgirl Soccer Closes Out The Regular Season With A 5-1 Victory Over Air Force

Oct. 29, 2011


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The Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (10-5-4 overall, 3-1-2 Mountain West) scored a season high five goals to down the Air Force Falcons (6-10-3 overall, 1-5-0 MW), 5-1, on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. With the victory today the Cowgirls picked up their 10th win of the season which matches an all-time season high total. The victory also earned the Cowgirls the third seed in next week's MW Tournament.

"I am very pleased with the intensity and focus we played with today," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "I think the clinching point of the match was Ellen's (McCormick) goal. Her goal really swung the momentum back to us. I also thought we defended really well today."

In the first half, Air Force started the game with an early shot in the third minute that sailed high of the Cowgirl goal. Wyoming's Sara Paul answered the Air Force pressure taking UW's first shot in the 13th minute, but her shot also sailed high. Nicole Rice helped keep the pressure on the Falcons putting UW's first shot on goal one minute later, but AFA keeper Kelly Stambaugh made the save. In the 15th minute, Wyoming was awarded a penalty kick because Stambaugh committed a foul in the penalty box . Cowgirl Allison Masumiya took the penalty kick for UW and hammered it past Stambaugh to give Wyoming a 1-0 lead. Air Force attempted to answer two minutes later when Kaleigh Moses took two consecutive shots that were blocked by the Cowgirl defense. Over the next 20 minutes the Cowgirls put two shots on goal, but both were saved by Stambaugh. In the 40th minute, the Cowgirls added to their lead when O'Reilly hit a 40-yard strike that went inside the right post of the Falcon goal. Air Force put two shots at the UW goal one minute later with one hitting the crossbar and the other was saved by Cowgirl keeper Courtney Merkle. At halftime the Cowgirls held a 2-0 advantage.

The second half started with an early shot by Cowgirl Kayla Davis in the 48th minute, but Stambaugh made the save. Nine minutes later the Falcons ended the shutout. Falcon Bridgett Murphy crossed the ball into the Cowgirl penalty box and Moses put her foot to the ball and kicked it past Merkle. On the counter attack one minute later the Cowgirls added to their lead. Davis crossed the ball into the AFA penalty area and Ellen McCormick took a shot from 12-yards out putting the ball past keeper Hannah Schwartz. Both teams traded shots over the next 25 minutes, but with Air Force pushing numbers forward the Cowgirls were able to put the game out of reach. In the 87th minute, O'Reilly scored her second goal of the day on a one-on-one situation with the AFA keeper. The Cowgirls added one more goal before the match was over when Andrea Baytaluke took a shot off a rebound and booted it past Schwartz. When the clock hit the 90th minute the score was 5-1 in favor of the Cowgirls.

The Falcons outshot the Cowgirls 18-17, but UW had the edge in shots on goal with 10 to AFA's nine. O'Reilly recorded her first multi-goal game of the season scoring her second and third goals of the season. Masumiya scored her second goal of the season, it was also her second penalty kick goal of 2011. McCormick and Baytaluke both scored their first goals of the season against the Falcons.

With today's victory the Cowgirls clinched the third seed in next week's MW tournament. The Cowgirls will play TCU on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Albuquerque, N.M., with the match time yet to be determined.

"We are very excited for next week," Sanchez added. "We know TCU is going to be a tough test and we need to be ready to play."