Oct. 30, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
2000 WYOMING COWGIRL SOCCER
Cowgirls Close Record Setting Regular Season 7-9-1
Coming up for the Cowgirls . . .
Mountain West Conference Tournament
At 0-6 in the conference, the Cowgirls take the seventh seed into thetournament. Wyoming will play number two Utah Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 4:30p.m. Pacific Time. The game will be at Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas.
The first time Wyoming faced Utah during the season, the Cowgirls lost 3-2. The game was quite controversial. One of the Cowgirl's goals was saved byUtah's goalkeeper, but she crossed the plain of the goal to score one forWyoming. A third goal for Wyoming that would have tied the game was negatedbecause a goalie infringement call.
"The biggest thing we're missing right now is scoring up top," said coachMoore. "Defensively, we need to be tighter and not let them getopportunities, and on offense we need to improve our runs and work off oneanother a bit better."
The winner of Wyoming vs. Utah will play the winner of the #3 San DiegoState vs. #6 New Mexico match. In the other bracket, first seed BYU willplay the winner of the #4 UNLV vs. #5 Air Force. The Championship matchwill be Saturday, Nov. 4 at 12 noon.
The University of Wyoming soccer team may have ended their season with twolosses last week, but they still proved to be a much improved team. TheCowgirls had several record breaking plays this year, besides having thebest season in the program's six year history.
The Air Force Academy Falcons put away UW, 2-1, last Wednesday. This wasthe last conference game of the season for the Cowgirls, who fell to 0-6 inthe Mountain West Conference. The loss determined Wyoming's seventh placeseed in the conference tournament begining this week.
With leading scorers Kelly McShane and Sara Stephens out of the game, theCowgirls had to shift players around to fill those positions. The lack oftime to prepare for the change was apparent.
Air Force's Stephanie Rader scored the first goal at 36:49 with Laura Abtmaking the assist. In the second period, an interesting play brought theCowgirls their only goal. Katrina Morton kicked the ball into Air Force'sbox, and a Falcon kicked it into the net, scoring a goal for Wyoming.Morton received credit for the goal.
The two teams battled it out for quite some time without either scoring.AFA's Rader scored the game winning goal on a penalty kick. The infractionwas called a handball on a Wyoming player in the box.
"They put a lot of pressure on us and forced us to make some bad passes,"said Wyoming's head coach Anne Moore. "We didn't have as much composure aswe usually do. It's disappointing because we can play much better thanthis. We worked hard, but we weren't smart. We moved Katrina Morton andMegan Marsh from midfield to forward and a day and a half isn't much time tolearn a new position. It was frustrating because we were playing the ballwhere we were supposed to, but they just didn't know where they needed tobe. They worked hard, though, and got good experience."
The Colorado College Tigers were UW's final opponents of the season. TheTigers had an outstanding year, and closed with a 3-0 win over Wyoming.
The Tigers scored their first goal off a Wyoming player at 26:12. KrystenWilde was credited with the goal. Colorado College scored two more times inthe match. At 69:52, Kris Kifer scored with the assist from Kasey Clark.Mari Miezwa scored the Tiger's final goal at 75:39, a header off a pass fromKifer.
Wyoming was still making adjustments with filling positions, but madeseveral shots. None could make it into the back of the net, however. TheCowgirls were outshot by the Tigers, 17-12. Cowgirl goalkeeper AmandaVandervort made six saves.
"Right now, I think we're trying to overcompensate for Kelly's (McShane)and Sara's (Stephens) absence," said coach Moore. "With people playing outof position we made too many little mistakes on things we normally do verywell. We need to get everyone in sync and playing together to beat Utah."