HASTINGS, Neb. - Cowgirl soccer earned a 1-0 victory over South Dakota State in its lone exhibition match of the 2017 season on Friday at Lloyd Wilson Field. Freshman forward Grace Collins scored the only goal of the game.
Wyoming soccer contributed a complete team effort against the Jackrabbits, with every member of the roster logging at least 25 minutes of action. Sophomore goalkeeper Cristina Salazar played 32 minutes in net, while senior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree played 31 minutes and freshman goalkeeper Riley Furbush earned 27 minutes. None of the three was forced to make a save. Junior defender Jessie Gentle logged 68 minutes, the most of any Cowgirl.
Junior forward Brittney Stark fired off three shots in the first half, putting one on frame, but Wyoming could not manage to put one in the back of the net. Meanwhile, the defense held South Dakota State to zero shots on goal.
It took just 13 minutes of play in the second frame for the Cowgirls to put a goal on the board. Junior Jemma House pushed the ball down the right side and won a series of 50-50 challenges that allowed her to make a pass straight across the six-yard box. Collins was there waiting and redirected the pass past SDSU’s goalkeeper Taylor Lock for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
“Today was a total team effort with everybody on the roster getting quite a bit of minutes, so I thought that was a good thing,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “A lot of good things led to the goal but there were still a lot of things that we need to correct this early in the season. This is just a start and we have plenty to clean up, but it’s never easy to get a result in the preseason so it’s a good start.”
The Cowgirls will travel to Waco, Texas, for their season-opening match against the Baylor Bears next Sunday, Aug. 20. Kick-off from Betty Lou Mays Field is slated for 5 p.m. MT.