Against Kansas: The University of Wyoming women's soccer team defeated the University of Kansas in overtime Sunday 1-0 at the UW Soccer Field. Sophomore Katrina Morton scored at 100:21 in the first overtime period to give UW their first ever overtime victory. UW had lost all of it's previous overtime games, including two this season. Today's game was the final game of the 1998 season for the Cowgirls. The win gives Wyoming a final record of 5-12-0, 1-5-0 in the WAC, while the loss by KU ended their regular season with a 5-13-1 overall record, 1-8-1 in the Big 12.
Morton's fifth goal of the season, third game-winner, came following a corner kick from Kelly McShane that just narrowly missed going in itself. After the ball deflected off a defender, Morton gained control, spun to her right and drove the ball past KU goalkeeper Jennifer Fecke. Morton's five goals plus two assists this season gives her a season total of 12 points, a team high, as well as an all-time high for a Cowgirl.
The five wins by the Cowgirls this season is also an all-time high for Wyoming, as prior to this season UW had won only three times in three years. The 1998 season also produced several other firsts as UW won it's first ever WAC game, over TCU, and had it's best offensive game ever, scoring four goals versus TCU. Wyoming also ended the 1998 season with a winning home record, 5-4, by far the best in their short history.
Wyoming dominated Kansas for the entire game, outshooting them 20-5, and allowing the Jayhawks only one shot in the second half and overtime period. Amanda Vandervort earned her fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Cowgirls and senior forward Erica Campbell led the team with six shots, four on goal.
This game was also the final collegiate soccer game for six Wyoming seniors: Jenny Bahr, Erica Campbell, Jamila Ewell, Sarah Greer, Molly McBride and Amanda Murray.
Wyoming 1998 Season Record 5-12-0, 1-5-0 WAC
UW 1998 Season Stat Leaders
# PlayerShotsGoals AssistsPoints2 Nan Sommer 5 0 0 03 Kai Hamilton 3 0 1 14 Ashly Edwards 0 0 0 05 Molly McBride 12 0 0 07 Jamila Ewell 1 0 0 08 Niki Aguiar 2 0 0 09 Sancy Florquist 11 0 0 010 Jenny Bahr 8 1 0 211 Laura Miceli 1 0 0 012 Kelly McShane 25 3 2 8 13 Andrea Miller 0 0 0 014 Sarah Greer 14 0 0 015 Jessica Piccone 0 0 0 017 Katrina Morton 36 5 2 1218 Amanda Murray 6 1 0 219 Jenny Grant 30 1 1 320 Bree Hotchkiss 2 0 0 022 Julie Lowman 0 0 0 024 Erica Campbell 23 3 1 7Goalkeeping# PlayerMinutesSavesGAGAASO1 Vandervort1571130281.6044
Quotes from Wyoming head coach Liza Grant -
About the Kansas game: "We've had a lot of firsts this year, of which this win is one and it's just good for us to get over those humps. This is just another stepping stone for our program."
"We had the momentum all game, and we just stepped it up and made the extra effort there in overtime. I wasn't sure how we would come out today because we're coming off three tough losses. We could've tanked it or we could've come out and played for pride and that is what we did. We played for pride.
"This was a new team this year, and I think we showed what kind of soccer we can play. In think today's win really summarized how well we can control the ball. Even in our down moments we showed good things that we haven't shown in the past."
More Morton: For her efforts against Kansas, Katrina Morton was named the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week. It was the second time in her career that Morton has garnered the award, as she was given the honor after last season's win over Colorado as well.
This was the second time this season that a Cowgirl has garnered Player of the Week honors. Goalkeeper Amanda Vandervort won the award earlier this season following her performance against Wright State and Pacific.