Nov. 7, 2007
PROVO, Utah -
Wyoming was unable to get their offense going Wednesday afternoon as the #4 Cowgirls fell to #5 Utah 2-0 in the opening round of the MWC Tournament. The Cowgirls end the season with a 9-10 overall record while Utah advances to the semifinals with a 12-4-4 record. It was a tough way to end a season which saw the Cowgirls break several records and receive numerous awards.
"I am so proud of the way we played this season and the things we accomplished," UW head coach Anne Moore said. "It is unfortunate we had to lose the way we did today."
Wyoming was unable to capitalize on their scoring opportunities and never had a chance to jump-start their offense only getting off seven shots to Utah's 10. The Cowgirls scored eight goals against conference opponents this season.
Utah scored once in the first half at 39:44 by Lauren Hair, assisted by Kelly Isleib. Their second score came early in the second half at 55:11 when Chelsea Card put the ball in the back of Wyoming's net. Hair and Adele Letro assisted on the play.
Despite the season ending loss, the Cowgirls have plenty to be proud of as they collected several accolades and broke numerous records enroute to their 9-10-0 finish. Junior Tamika Wilson earned MWC Co-Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors while junior Amanda Lathrop earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
Wilson became the only player in Wyoming Soccer history to earn Player of the Year accolades leading the conference in goals (5), points (11) and tieing for first place with game-winning goals (3). She set the all-time record for goals in a season for Wyoming with 11, she is second all-time in career goals with 19 and in a tie for first place in game-winning goals with nine. Wilson was named to the Soccer Buzz "Elite Team of the Week" November 5-12, which had never been done by a Cowgirl and the MWC Player of the Week the same week. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team for her efforts in the classroom.
Senior keeper Ashley Sheppard rewrote the record books for a goaltender at Wyoming as she now is the all-time leader in minutes played (5,075), the all-time leader in goals against average (1.31) and the all-time leader in shutouts (17). She is in third place all-time in saves with 317, starting 53 games in her career.
Junior Amanda Lathrop was named to the MWC All-Conference Second Team for her play this season as she recorded seven goals and two assists. She now has 12 goals in her career and seven assists.
"It is always a tough thing to have to say goodbye to the seniors," Moore continued. "They have been such a driving force behind our team's success this season. You never want your season to end with a loss, especially for our seniors. We have come a long way this season and accomplished alot of things. We, as a team, look forward to next year and the direction Cowgirl soccer is heading."
Wyoming's record of 9-10 is the third time in school history the Cowgirls have finished with nine wins, which is the second highest total ever.