Oct. 31, 2009
PROVO, Utah -
After a scoreless first half, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team fell to the BYU Cougars 2-0 on Saturday in Provo. The Halloween match is the last regular-season game for the Cowgirls. UW has already clinched a spot in the Mountain West Conference Tournament that will begin next week.
Following the loss, the Cowgirls are currently 9-7-3 overall and 3-3-1 in the MWC. The ninth ranked Cougars advance to 16-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 in league play.
The two teams battled to a first half scoreless tie. BYU held the advantage in first half shots six to one. Freshman keeper Courtney Merkle made four saves to keep the score at zero going into halftime.
BYU struck at the 50:11 mark when Carlee Payne passed ahead to Kassidy Shumway for the first goal of the game. 13 minutes later the Cougars added their second goal of the day on a goal from Andrea Willis.
BYU goalkeeper McKinzie Olson made four saves in the game for her 10th shutout victory of 2009. UW's Merkle made eight saves and fellow freshman Meagan Burke made one save in her 13 minutes of action.
Although the regular season has come to a close, the Cowgirls will play in Provo, Utah again next week for the MWC Tournament. It will mark the first postseason appearance for Wyoming since 2007. The Cowgirls will wait for the completion of other MWC games so see who they will face.
The MWC Tournament will begin Wednesday, November 4th.