Cowgirls Fall to Colorado
Sept. 14, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Despite doubling Colorado's shot attempts, the Cowgirl soccer team fell to the Buffaloes by a 2-0 score Friday evening at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Wyoming outshot Colorado by a 10-5 margin and had five corner kicks to the Buffaloes' two, but was not able to convert on the scoring opportunities as former UW head coach Danny Sanchez earned the victory with his new Colorado squad. The 601 in attendance marked the fourth-highest home crowd in Cowgirl soccer history.
"I think we played with emotion and fought hard, but were unable to score when chances came our way," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "When you're playing a good team like Colorado, you can't miss out on those. We'll continue to work on our attack and get ready for Sunday's game with Utah Valley."
The Buffaloes scored at the 15:38 mark with a breakaway goal by Madison Krauser, who took a cross from teammate Olivia Pappalardo and was able to sneak it by Cowgirl keeper Carmen McDermott for the 1-0 Colorado lead.
Fifteen minutes later, Colorado forward Anne Stuller took possession of the ball just beyond the top of the goal box and struck a shot which deflected off a Cowgirl defender and above McDermott's grasp to record another goal for a 2-0 Colorado lead at the 31:52 mark. Stuller came into the game with the 18th-best national mark of six goals on the year and recorded her seventh against the Cowgirls.
Wyoming goalkeeper Courtney Merkle played the second half and was able to earn two saves, but the Cowgirl attack came up short as Lucie McDowell's three shots and four other Cowgirl shot attempts either sailed wide or above the net.
Colorado goalie Annie Brunner earned the win for a 5-1-2 record on the year, while McDermott fell to 4-2-0.
The Cowgirls return to action Sunday as they host Utah Valley at noon at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.