Wyoming Soccer Hands Akron Their First Loss of the Year
Sept. 23, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Junior Amanda Lathrop scored two goals and junior Tamika Wilson added another to give the Cowgirls their fourth win of the season defeating the Akron Zips 3-1 on Sunday in Laramie. The Cowgirls improve to 4-3-0 while the Zips fall to 5-1-2.
"I am extremely impressed with the way we played today and the entire weekend," UW head coach Anne Moore said. "We had great runs to the ball today and finished our opportunities for the second game in a row."
The Zips struck first in 15th minute on a goal from junior Jess Pomfret, her first of the year. The Cowgirls didn't take long to tie the game as junior Amanda Lathrop scored her third goal of the year at the 20:39 mark on a great hustle play to get the loose ball in the box and put it away for the 1-1 tie headed into the half.
Wyoming came out strong in the second half putting a lot of pressure on the Zips defense. Lathrop gave the Cowgirls the lead with her fourth goal of the year (ninth of her career) at the 57:34 mark. Sophomore Emily Layton and senior Rachel Schetrom made a great play to cross the ball into the box and once again Lathrop was able to put the ball in the back of the net.
"We talked to the team about coming out in the second half and really pouring on the pressure to get Akron on their heels," Moore continued. "I credit our girls for playing so hard to make that happen."
Wilson put the game out of reach as she scored her sixth goal of the season (14th of her career) as she dribbled the ball through the Zips defense and put a beautiful shot in the upper left corner to give the Cowgirls the 3-1 lead.
Wyoming goalkeeper Jamie Scarcliff remains a perfect 4-0 between the posts this season and improved her career record to 10-5-3.
"We are starting to build our confidence and finish our opportunities which is exactly what we need as we get closer to our conference schedule," Moore said. "Against CU (University of Colorado) this week we can't afford to make mistakes. We need to come out and put a lot of pressure on them in the first ten minutes like we did this weekend. We have to prove to them that we can play and get them on their heels early and we will have a great chance to win."
Wyoming will have one day to prepare for the Buffalos as the University of Colorado will come to the Gem City Tuesday, September 25, at 4 p.m.