Cowgirl Soccer Holds Early Lead to Beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0
Sept. 26, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. (September 26, 2004) -- The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team held on to a first half lead to beat Cal State Fullerton 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Cowgirls improved their overall record to 5-2-3 while the Cal State Fullerton Titans fell to 2-6.
The Cowgirls got on the scoreboard at the 27:17 mark of the first half when senior Mari Gomes found a streaking Mercy Adetoye for the go ahead goal. This marked the first time all season that the Cowgirls have scored a first half goal. The goal was all Wyoming would need as they held Fullerton scoreless for 90 minutes to pick up their fifth win of the season.
Despite outshooting the Cowgirls 17-16 in the match, the Titans were unable to put one past freshman goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard as she recorded her third shutout of the year while making eight saves.
"The team came into the day with a goal of scoring a first half goal and it was huge for us to get one," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We didn't really know what to expect from Fullerton because we haven't played them in a couple years, so we put our focus on playing our game. We did make a little adjustment defensively to compensate their strength on offense and it worked out.
Once we got the goal, I just wanted us to play our game, move the ball, look to find the outside and get the ball to our forwards and we did exactly that.
"Ashley came up with a couple of huge saves in the six yard box. She came out of the net really strong on their crosses and corner kicks and our defense did a great job defending their crosses and that was key because we knew that part of their game was very dangerous."
The Wyoming soccer team will return to action next weekend when they
travel to the state of Oregon for a Friday match with Oregon and a
Sunday match at Portland State. Friday's match is set to begin at 7
p.m. (Pacific time) and Sunday's game will begin at 1 p.m. (Pacific