In the regular season finale, the Wyoming soccer team (10-7-2, 6-4-1 MW) recorded its eighth shutout of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado State Rams (3-14-2, 1-9-1 MW) on Friday afternoon. With the ten victories, UW has now recorded three-consecutive ten win seasons and the eight shutouts ties the all-time school record which was set in 2015.
Not a lot separated the two teams in the first 45 minutes of play. Each had six shots in the first half and the goalies recorded two saves each. Alisha Bass and Summer Halle had two shots a piece for the Cowgirls as the halftime score was all even at 0-0. In the second half, the first 20 minutes wouldn’t yield a goal. Finally, Wyoming would get on the board at the 65th minute as a cross from Katie Marcheso connected with Anne Hinman who tapped it under the goalie and proved to be the game winner. It was the second goal of the season for Hinman and the second assist for Marcheso. Wyoming had nine second half shots compared to just three by the Rams.
“This was a big win for us. For this senior class to reach ten wins for the third straight season is a great accomplishment,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “It’s also good momentum going into the tournament next week. We know there is a lot on the line with this game and we knew that we would get CSU’s best game. I thought the Rams played well and we were a bit sluggish in the first half. We responded in the second half and scored the goal which gave us the victory. I was proud of the effort, not always the best looking game, but happy with the result.”
Wyoming was had 15 shots for the game compared to nine by the Rams. Six different Cowgirls took at least one shot in the game, but were led by juniors Shaina Ashouri and Bass with a game high four each. Goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree had five saves in the victory. Wyoming now holds the all-time series record with Colorado State at 4-0-0.
The Cowgirls will resume play next Tuesday at the Mountain West Championship in San Diego. UW’s seed and match time will be determined following the completion of tonight’s matches.