Oct. 30, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team scored four second half goals as they cruised to a5-1 win over the New Mexico Lobos in their final regular season game, Saturday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win the Cowgirls improve to 9-6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos fall to 5-11 overall and 1-5 in MWC play.
The Cowgirls got on the scoreboard first when senior Mari Gomes took a through ball from junior Mercy Adetoye and beat the New Mexico goalkeeper at the 25:47 mark of the first half. The goal would be the only score of the first half and the Cowgirls took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Cowgirl offense erupted in the second half scoring four goals.The first came when senior Lindsey Vossbrink picked up a loose ball in front of the New Mexico goal at the 68:33 mark and scored what proved to be the game winning goal. Adetoye and sophomore Christine Nagel assisted on the goal. New Mexico then scored their only goal of the match in the 75th minute, to cut Wyoming's lead to 2-1. Coco D'Angelo scored the goal on a Katelyn Ley assist.
Senior Melissa Bowman then scored back-to-back goals to put UW up 4-1. Her first came on a corner kick by Nagel in the 84th minute when she volleyed the pass into the back of the net. Her second came just over a minute later on a penalty kick, after senior Darci Ferrell was fouled in the box on a breakaway. Vossbrink then put an exclamation mark on the win with an unassisted goal in the 88th minute as she chipped a breakaway shot over a charging New Mexico keeper. The game ended in a 5-1 Wyoming win.
Freshman Ashley Sheppard played all 90 minutes in the Cowgirl net, making seven saves. She made some very big saves when New Mexico pressured the Cowgirl net early in the second half.
"Overall, it was a great team effort and our senior's really stepped up and showed off what they can do during their senior day,"said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We made the most of our opportunities on offense. I thought that their defense was really sucked over to Mercy's side and that really opened things up in the middle."
The Cowgirls will now travel to Provo, Utah for the MWC Tournament next week. The fifth seeded Cowgirls will take on the fourth seed, Utah, in the first round of the tournament this Wednesday.
The Mountain West Conference office will announce complete tournament pairings and game times on Sunday afternoon.