Wyoming Soccer Falls to San Diego State in First Round of MWC Soccer Championships

Nov. 3, 2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team fell, 4-0 to the San Diego State Aztecs at the Mountain West Conference Championships in San Diego, Calif. on Wednesday.

The loss drops the Cowgirls to 7-10-3 on the season and 1-3-3 in the MWC. The victory advances San Diego State to the semifinals of the MWC Championships and puts their record at 8-9-3 overall and 5-2 in the MWC.

"I think San Diego State really came out to play today, they got the early goal that I felt was really the key to the match," UW head soccer coach Danny Sanchez said. "They (SDSU) played very well in the first half and we were just unable to keep up with them."

The Aztecs came out of the gates putting early offensive pressure on the Cowgirls. The SDSU pressure was too much for the Cowgirls to handle as they gave up a goal on the first shot of the game. In the second minute Aztec Marisa Fraticelli crossed the ball in front of the UW net and her teammate Michaela DeJesus took the shot putting it in the lower left corner past UW keeper Courtney Merkle. San Diego State kept the offensive pressure on the Cowgirls taking nine consecutive shots, and again the Cowgirls could not slow the pressure as they gave up SDSU's second goal of the game. In the 32nd minute, the Aztecs Megan Jurado passed the ball to Britney Bennett who broke away from the UW defense and put the ball in the left corner of the UW net, making the score 2-0 Aztecs. The Cowgirls first shot of the half came in the 37th minute as freshman Liz O'Reilly got a good look at the SDSU net, but she put the ball too high over the goal. O'Reilly was able to get another shot off for the Cowgirls in the 41st minute, but it also missed the SDSU goal going wide left. The SDSU pressure was too much for the Cowgirls as they gave up the third Aztec goal of the half in the 43rd minute. SDSU's Kim Carcich took a shot just outside the UW penalty area that went into the upper right corner of the UW goal past keeper Merkle. Carcich was assisted on her goal by DeJesus and Bennett. The San Diego State goal was the last play of the half and the Aztecs and the Cowgirls went to the locker rooms with SDSU leading 3-0.

The second half started with the Cowgirls attempting to climb back from the 3-0 deficit and they started with early offensive pressure. Just one minute into the half Wyoming's Ellen McCormick took a shot that sailed high of the SDSU net. Wyoming was able to take the first shots of the half but none hit the back of the Aztec net. The Cowgirls were unable to get another shot off before the Aztecs added to their lead in the 75th minute. San Diego State's Jurado finished a cross from seven yards in front of the UW goal making the score 4-0 in favor of the Aztecs. Jurado was assisted by Monique Rootsaert and Fraticelli. Wyoming had its own chance to score just one minute after the SDSU goal. Cowgirl O'Reilly centered a corner kick and Katie Amsberry was able to get her head on the ball but it went wide right of the SDSU goal. The Cowgirls again had a chance to put the ball in the back of the SDSU net in the 87th minute, but the O'Reilly shot went wide left. The Wyoming shot would be the last play of the game as the 90th minute ticked away, the final score held 4-0 in favor of the Aztecs.

The Cowgirls were outshot 20-7 today by the Aztecs and were unable to put any shots on goal, while SDSU put 11 shots on goal.

"I felt we came out in the second half and played with pride, but it comes down to the fact that we just could not create enough chances to keep pace," added Sanchez.