Nov. 6, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowgirl Soccer Finishes Record Breaking Season 7-11-1
The University of Wyoming soccer team ended their sixth season with a newrecord in wins, and several new single season and career records. TheCowgirls also scored the most goals ever in a season, with 30.
The Cowgirls lost to Utah, 4-0, in the first round of the Mountain WestConference Tournament Nov. 1 to end their season. Senior Kelly McShane wasthe lone Cowgirl named to the All-MWC second team. The Utes struck firstwith Utah's Amy Kofoed scoring at 19:53. Freshman Amber Brower scored twogoals followed by a goal by Bobbie Benegas to end the first period.
"The score didn't show how well we really did play," said Wyoming's headcoach Anne Moore. "Utah played an unbelievable game, but we kept up andfought with them."
If breaking numerous records proves how much improved the Cowgirls are,then this team was very successful. This season was full of firsts for theCowgirls. Wyoming not only beat their record of most wins in a season,previously five set in 1998, but they also had the best road record inhistory, going 3-5-1 away from Laramie.
Cowgirl forward McShane achieved the program's first and second hat-tricksthis season. Along with scoring those six goals, McShane scored four more,making her the single-season record holder in goals. This number doublesthe number two record of five. McShane also moved to number one in mostpoints in a single season (22) and in a career (44), tied the number tworecord for shots in a season (43). Fellow senior Katrina Morton moved intothe number one slot of most shots in a season (46). Morton also moved intoa tie for second in game winning goals, and overtook the career records ofshots and game-winning goals. She also moved into a tie for fourth in mostpoints in a single season (10). Morton and McShane are tied for mostassists in a career.
Anne Maddock made quite an impression in only two seasons with theCowgirls. Maddock, tied with freshman Renee' Minero, moved to number onefor most assists in a single season. Maddock is number two for points in aseason (13), tied for second for goals in a season (5), and number five forshots in a season (38).
Goalkeeper Amanda Vandervort overtook several records, including season andcareer goalkeeper saves, goals against average, and goalkeeper minutesplayed.
Coach Moore's Recap . . .
"I would say that this season was very positive. There were frustratingtimes because we had so many close games within the conference where we lostthe game by a goal. We're definitely competitive with all of those teams inthe conference that were just blowing us away last year."
"We had a lot of firsts as far as most wins and most goals in a season, andof course, (McShane) two hat-tricks. In the past we didn't score as much,we didn't have the opportunities."
"For next season, we have a lot of positive things to draw on as far as theyouth of our team. We have a lot of experience coming back next season.We're losing a lot in our seniors, but we definitely have a bright futurewith the quality of players we have now. Our freshmen and sophomores allgot significant playing time this season, and the spring season will onlygive them more experience."
"It was good to finish the season on a positive note, as far as how weplayed against Utah. The score didn't really show how well we played. Wewere much improved compared to our last two games against Air Force andColorado College. We finished working hard, and working well together."
"Right now we're looking forward to the spring as far as getting thefreshmen experience. We have a lot of holes to fill, and the freshmen arereally going to have to step up, along with good recruits and transfers.