Two Cowgirls Garner Mountain West Conference Weekly Soccer Honors

Oct. 25, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Two Wyoming Cowgirl soccer players on Monday were named as the top Mountain West Conference performers of the week.

Freshman forward/midfielder Liz O'Reilly was named Offensive Player of the Week, and sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Merkle was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

"We are pleased that two of our players were recognized by the conference," Wyoming soccer head coach Danny Sanchez said. "The team had a great weekend and the individual accolades were a byproduct of that performance."

O'Reilly, a product of St. Clair, Australia, registered three points to help Wyoming to a 1-0-1 record last weekend. On Friday against TCU, she tallied an assist and two shots on goal, propelling the Cowgirls to a 2-0 victory. With the assist against TCU she moved into a tie for first place on the Cowgirl single-season assist list with eight. O'Reilly capped off the weekend by recording the game-tying goal off a penalty kick in the 82nd minute of Wyoming's 1-1 double-overtime draw with No. 17 New Mexico.

Merkle, a native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, notched a shutout against the Horned Frogs on Friday, saving all six of the shot attempts she faced. The victory was Merkle's fourth shutout of the season. The sophomore netminder concluded her weekend by protecting the net against the Lobos on Sunday, holding New Mexico to one goal on the afternoon. Merkle has a 1.51 goals against average this season.

The Cowgirl duo earned the first weekly conference honors for UW soccer this season, and represents the first honor for each.

The co-defensive player with Merkle was New Mexico goalkeeper Kelli Cornell.

Wyoming soccer will host its final home game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 30 against the Air Force Falcons, beginning at 1 p.m