Nov. 3, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirls defeated the Utah Utes 4-1 Saturday which moved them into fourth place in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming improved to 9-9-0 overall, 4-3-0 in the MWC, while Utah slipped to 11-4-4 overall and 3-2-0 in the MWC. Not only was Wyoming's huge win over conference foe Utah a giant step in their quest for the postseason, it was also a fond farewell to three seniors who have meant so much to the Wyoming Soccer program.
"Today was awesome," UW head coach Anne Moore exclaimed. "I am so happy for our team and this program. We have worked so hard and we are starting to see that hard work pay off."
After a close first half that yielded a 0-0 tie, the Cowgirls jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute. Junior Laine Hubbard scored her second goal of the year off a throw-in and placed a nice chip shot in the upper right corner.
Utah would strike right back as senior Kiley Jones scored her second goal of the year in the 64th minute off a free kick which she headed past senior UW keeper Ashley Sheppard.
It didn't take long for UW to regain the lead as junior Amanda Lathrop scored her seventh goal of the year on a breakaway. Lathrop beat Utah keeper Lynzee Lee on a nice shot to the lower left corner. Junior Tamika Wilson and sophomore Kerstyn Etheridge were credited with the assist.
Wyoming never looked back as they notched two more goals, both by Wilson to give her 11 goals this season. With her two goals, Wilson set the all-time single season record for goals (11) and put her in a tie for second place all-time in career goals with 19.
Utah was issued two red cards which gave the Cowgirls a huge momentum shift in the second half. Both infractions involved pulling down Wilson as she tried to gain the advantage and have a one-on-one with the Utah keeper.
Sheppard also etched her name in the record books after today's match. Sheppard is now the all-time leader in minutes played (4, 985), the all-time leader in goals against average (1.12) and the all-time leader in shutouts with 17.
"I am so proud of our girls on this special day," Moore continued. "We have been working so hard and our non-conference schedule has really paid off for us. We played some really strong teams to be prepared for conference and I think we are peaking at the right time. Utah was very organized in the way they played, but we were prepared and executed today which made the difference. We will be facing Utah in the first round of the tournament and they will be ready for us. We have to go in ready to play and not take anything for granted."
As of today, Wyoming occupies the four seed and will head into the tournament playing the fifth seeded Utah Utes. The official bracket will be released by the MWC Sunday morning.