Nov. 2, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowgirl soccer team won its final regular seasongame of the season with a 1-0 shutout over DenverUniversity, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium. TheCowgirls close out the season with a 10-8 overall record,the best ever by a Cowgirl soccer team.
Seven Cowgirl seniors; Jennifer Barksdale, TuvaGulbrandsen, Jennifer Kinner, Brenna Meadows, Renee Minero,Angela O'Dell and Lori Scheider finished their homecareers with the win.
Gulbrandsen closed her Laramie career out with the gamewinning goal at the 56:07 mark of the second half. MeghanRacette notched her first career assist on the goal.
The Cowgirl defense held Denver scoreless on eight shots.Cowgirl goalkeeper Lori Scheider also finished her homecareer with a bang earning her seventh shutout of the seasonwhile making three saves.
Denver, whose overall record fell to 15-3, out shot the Cowgirls 8-7 in the match. Theyalso took eight corner kicks to the Cowgirls one.
"I can't say enough about this group of seniors,"said UW head coach Anne Moore. "I am so happy that theycan leave on a winning note after all of the hard work theyhave put in. It is nice for them to be rewarded with such asuccessful season after all of the struggles they have seen.
"Barksdale and Kinner have been solid at defense from thebeginning while Angela and Renee have been mainstays atmidfield and contributed so much over their careers. Brennahas done some great things on offense, Lori has done amazingthings in goal and what a way for Tuva to go out with thegame winning goal today."
Unfortunately, senior Angela O'Dell had to leave thegame, early in the first half, with a hip injury. Herstatus for the upcoming week is unknown.
"I definitely think the cold weather was a factortoday," added Moore. "Overall I thought that both teamsplayed well on defense. We were fortunate enough tocapitalize on their mistake and put the ball in the back ofthe net."
The Cowgirls, who finished in a tie for second in the MWCwith BYU, will enter this weeks MWC Championships as thethree seed. They will face-off against New Mexico in thefirst round, Wednesday at 11:30 am. The Cowgirls defeatedthe Lobos 1-0 in Albuquerque earlier this season. Thechampionships will run Wednesday through Saturday of thisweek in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"New Mexico is a tough team with a very organized defenseand a good keeper," said Moore. "They have a great teamwork ethic and their offense can really make things happen.If we can stay solid in the back and create a lot ofopportunities on offense, I think we have a very good chanceof coming away with a win."