Nov. 2, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In the final three minutes of today'sUniversity of Wyoming/Air Force soccer match, UW sophomore Marci Crankscored the game winning goal, putting the Cowgirls up 1-0 and giving themtheir first conference win of the season.
Wyoming (3-10-3, 1-3-2 MWC) played a tough match that remained gridlockedat 0-0 until 86:10 when Crank played the ball down field and droveit into the Falcon's net in spite of heavy Air Force pressure. This wasCrank's first goal of the season, as well as her first collegiate goal.
Air Force (7-10-1, 2-4-0 MWC) made a spectacular effort throughout thegame, especially dominating the Cowgirls in the second half. They outshotUW 21-11. Ten of those shots were saved by UW goalie, Lori Scheider.
"I think overall we played well and didn't give up," said Wyoming's headcoach Anne Moore. "Air Force is a tough team. They never quit and they'realways pressuring us. It was good to see we were able to step up and putthe ball in the back of the net."
Today's win over Air Force is the first time the Cowgirls have everdefeated the Falcons in their six meetings. It's not only the firstconference win of the season for UW, but the first Mountain West Conferencewin since the Cowgirls defeated the University of New Mexico, 1-0, inAlbuquerque on Oct. 17, 1999.
"It's a relief (to get the first conference win of the season). We'veplayed well all season but haven't gotten the results. It's nice for onceto get a win, especially going into the conference tournament. It gives usconfidence. Now we know that not only can we play with the teams in ourconference, we can beat them," said Moore.
The Cowgirls have one final match before the MWC tournament in Las Vegasnext week. They host the University of San Francisco in a make-up game,Sun., Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. to conclude their 2001 regular season.