Oct. 30, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team scored a pair of first half goals as they beat Northern Colorado 2-1, in their final game before the Mountain West Conference Championships, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 9-6-3 overall while Northern Colorado falls to 5-9-2.
After a relatively quiet 28 minutes and four seconds of cold and snowy first half soccer, the Cowgirl offense ignited for a pair of quick goals. The first came when senior Mercy Adetoye scored her tenth goal of the season on an assist from her sister, Comfort. Mercy picked up a deflection from Comfort at the top of the 18-yard box before scoring the goal. With the goal, Mercy tied UW's single season goals scored record.
The Cowgirls then scored their second goal of the half just over a minute later when the Adetoye sisters assisted sophomore Andrea Soltau for her first goal of the season at 29:30. Comfort crossed the ball into the box where Mercy touched it to Soltau who put the ball into the back of the UNC net.
Northern Colorado got their offense going in the 37th minute when Jessica Zimmerman took a free kick from close to midfield. Her ball found Marika Johnson on the right side of the Cowgirl goal where she centered it to Megan Bellendir who scored the Bears' lone goal. UNC's goal was the last of the half, as it ended in a 2-1 Cowgirl lead. In the half, the Cowgirls outshot Northern Colorado 9-5.
In the second half, the Cowgirl defense held strong and kept Northern Colorado scoreless to secure their ninth win of the season. Despite some great opportunities and outshooting UNC 7-5, the Cowgirls were held scoreless. With 34:14 remaining junior Christina Best headed a corner kick at the UNC goal but somehow goalkeeper Chrissy Marvin made the save. Another great opportunity came with just under 18 minutes remaining but a breakaway shot by freshman Tamika Wilson sailed just wide.
After Ashley Sheppard was involved in a collision in front of the UW net in the first half, freshman Jamie Scarcliff entered the game. Scarcliff made four saves in over 65 minutes of action en route to her fifth win of the season. Sheppard made two saves in the first 25 minutes.
"I thought we played well today especially considering the bad weather," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "I liked the way we jumped on them early and the way our defense held strong to preserve the lead. It was a tough day to play with the cold and snow but we didn't let the conditions get to us."
The Cowgirls, who finished fourth in the conference, will open the 2005 MWC Championships against the fifth seeded New Mexico Lobos on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nev. Earlier this season, the Cowgirls beat the Lobos 1-0 in double overtime in Laramie. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m. at UNLV's Peter Johann Memorial Field.
"We need to carry our momentum from today and our four consecutive wins into our biggest game of the year on Wednesday," added Moore. "I think that we are prepared and playing the kind of soccer we need to be playing. We are excited to get going on Wednesday."