Cowgirl Soccer Final Home Game Ends in Stalemate

Nov. 1, 2002

WYOMING 1, Northwestern 1 (OT) - Box Score

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Braving the elements of the weather, the Cowgirl soccer team wrapped up their home season in a 1-1 tie to Northwestern University on Friday at UW Soccer Stadium. In addition to the snow flurries and the freezing temperatures, the game was cut short in the first overtime due to the darkness on the field.

The match-up proved to be a defensive battle between both teams with limited shots throughout the game. Northwestern had seven shots before getting a goal past Cowgirl senior goalkeeper, Sarah Kuyper. Freshman Julie Lipinski scored a goal off a header from a pass by freshman Tabitha Lowey at the 43:42 mark in the first half. The Cowgirls were only allowed three shots during the half.

Wyoming came out tough in the second half allowing only seven shots and prevented any further scoring by the Wildcats. The Cowgirls tied the game up at the 56:58 mark when sophomore Lindsey Vossbrink scored her third goal of the season off an assist from sophomore Sarah Skinner. Junior goalkeeper Lori Scheider entered the game in the second half and had three saves for Wyoming.

The tie sent the game into overtime, only to be halted before either team could make a goal. Wyoming had three shots in overtime before the game was called.

"I think the first half we started off a bit slow," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "The second half they (Wyoming) really stepped up and put forth a good effort. Overall I think it was a well played game from both sides given the conditions."

The Cowgirl seniors were honored prior to the game and all started for their final game at UW Soccer Stadium.

"Our seniors did a great job," said Moore. "Lauren O'Hara had an outstanding game in the back for us. Meredith Russo gave us some minutes up top and did some nice things. Overall it was a great opportunity to get lots of players involved and I think that everyone on the field contributed in some way."

The tie makes the overall record for Wyoming 4-11-2 (0-5-0 Mountain West Conference) and the Wildcats are now 4-8-5 (2-4-1 Big Ten Conference). The Cowgirls will wrap up their regular season on Sunday when they take on the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Falcons are 6-11-0 on the season (1-4-0 MWC).