Cowgirls Fall to New Mexico on a Last Second Goal at the MWC Championships

Nov. 2, 2005


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The University of Wyoming soccer team surrendered a goal to New Mexico with just over a minute remaining and lost to the Lobos 1-0 in the first game of the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships, Wednesday afternoon at Peter Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev.

After struggling on the offensive end all game, the Cowgirls (9-7-3 overall) gave up the only goal of the game with just one minute and 13 seconds remaining in regulation. On the scoring play, Bridgette Sanchez took a free kick from outside the box on the left side of the field. Her pass found the head of Lobo defender Alanna Abeyta who headed into the UW net for the game winning goal.

Cowgirl goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard made 10 saves, a tie for her season high, in the match. Five different Cowgirls took one shot apiece including freshmen Laine Hubbard and Amanda Lathrop and juniors Christina Best, Jessica Brown and Christine Nagel. New Mexico outshot the Cowgirls 23-5 in the match.

"This was a very frustrating way to lose and end our season," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Today's game was a lot like the game we played against them two weeks ago. Both teams were very physical and it was a stalemate in the midfield. It came down to a free kick late in the game and their girl got a head on it. Ashley made a great dive and got her fingers on it but couldn't keep it out of the net.

"Obviously we are disappointed because we wanted to have a better showing when it counted the most. It is unfortunate that we have to send our seniors out this way. However, it was a good season overall and we did a lot of great things. I just wish it would have ended a little better. We are going to miss these three seniors but we have a lot of talent returning and we are looking forward to preparing for next year."

With the loss the Cowgirls closed out their most successful season in history with a 9-7-3 record and a winning percentage of .583. However, the Cowgirls are still winless in postseason play in the 11 year history of the program. They are now 0-7 in MWC tournament play and 0-9 overall. Seven of those loses have been decided by just one goal.