Cowgirl Soccer Beats Northern Colorado 1-0 in Final Seconds of Overtime
Sept. 22, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team beat Northern Colorado, 1-0, on a last second goal in double overtime, Wednesday evening in Greeley, Colo. With the win, the Cowgirls overall record improves to 4-2-3.
After playing nearly 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, senior Meghan Racette was fouled just outside of the 18-yard box with 15 seconds left in the second overtime period. Senior Sarah Skinner took the free kick and beat the UNC goalkeeper with just six seconds left on the clock to give the Cowgirls their fourth win of the season, 1-0.
Wyoming outshot Northern Colorado 20-12 through 90 minutes of regulation but were unable to convert on any of their shots and were forced to play in their fifth overtime match of the season. Both teams managed just one shot in the first overtime, while UW outshot Northern Colorado 4-2 in the second. In the match, Wyoming outshot UNC 25-15.
Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard picked up her second win this year, while making six saves and earning her second shutout of the season.
"It was great to see us find a way to win, especially in such a dramatic way," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Overall, we moved the ball exceptionally well, changed fields well and created some great opportunities to score. We really played like a team, worked hard and found a way to win. I thought Sarah Skinner had a great game and really deserved to get the game winner. UNC played tough and I thought their keeper had a good game and made some big saves."
The Cowgirls will return to Laramie, this Sunday, to host Cal State Fullerton. Fullerton is currently 2-5 but have lost close matches to some of the top teams in the nation including Pepperdine, Santa Clara and Stanford. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.
"Fullerton is a very tough team and is much better than their
record shows," added Moore. "They have lost some really close
games to a couple of the best teams in the nation. They are very
organized on defense and have some real threats on offense."