Cowgirl Soccer Drops Two at Tournament in Hawaii
Sept. 1, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team opened up the 2002 season with two losses at the Ohana Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cowgirls fell to tournament champion Alabama-Birmingham 3-0 in game one on Saturday and host Hawaii 5-2 on Sunday.
Wyoming, now 0-2-0 on the season, placed two players on the all-tournament team. Sophomore Melissa Bowman, from Sherbrooke, Quebec, and freshman Mercy Adetoye, from Englewood, Colo., were both honored for their outstanding play during the two-day event. Bowman finished with 11 total shots, six against Hawaii, while Adetoye had seven overall shots and one goal.
In game one against UAB, Wyoming played a relatively even match, tying the Blazers in overall shots attempted with 17. Wyoming attempted one more shot on goal then the Blazers (9-8) but tournament MVP, UAB goalkeeper Lisa Nowoslawski, blanked the Cowgirls on every attempt. After taking a 1-0 halftime lead UAB would go on to score two more goals in the second half to win 3-0.
Against Hawaii on Sunday, the Cowgirls were still not able to get much going offensively being held to only two shot attempts in the first half to Hawaii's ten. The Cowgirls were able to score one goal in the first half off the foot of junior Angela O'Dell. Despite the goal, UH led 3-1 at the half. Wyoming cut the lead to one at 3-2 on a goal by Adetoye. The Rainbow Wahine bounced back with a score four minutes later to take a 4-2 lead. UH would add a goal on a penalty kick late in the game to win 5-2. Hawaii put 14 total shots on Wyoming goalkeeper Lori Scheider while the Cowgirls were only able to finish with five shots on goal.
"I thought we came out and played a little disorganized in the first
half in our first game against UAB," said Wyoming head coach Anne
Moore. "We settled down a bit in the second half and really played them
even, we just weren't able to get the ball in the back of the net.
"Against Hawaii we were shorthanded on the defensive side of the ball because of an injury to one of our top defensive players, Kelly McKay. Without her in the back, Hawaii really took advantage of us with their tremendous speed. Overall we need to limit the number of mistakes we had on our side of the field and do a better job of finishing in our opponents half." Moore said.
Wyoming returns to action on Friday, Sept. 6, when they take on the University of Colorado in Boulder.