Women's Soccer

Wyoming Soccer Ties Portland State 2-2

Junior Mercy Adetoye had two assists in the 2-2 tie against Portland State.

Junior Mercy Adetoye had two assists in the 2-2 tie against Portland State.

Oct. 3, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team remained unbeaten in overtime this season, after playing to a 2-2 tie with Portland State, Sunday afternoon at PGE Park in Portland, Ore.

With the tie, the Cowgirls overall record moves to 5-3-4 and an unbeaten 2-0-4 in overtime. Portland State is now 3-5-2 on the season.

Portland State took an early 1-0 lead when the Cowgirls scored on their own goal, off of a deflection, just 1:08 into the match. The Cowgirls answered at the 15:26 mark when senior Mari Gomes took a pass from junior Mercy Adetoye at the 18-yard box and beat the Portland State goalkeeper. The Vikings answered just 35 seconds later when Kari Otani scored on a cross from Julie Forrest at the 16:01 mark. Cowgirl sophomore Christine Nagel then tied the game when a floating cross, from the right side of the box, fell behind the PSU keeper and bounced into the back of the net at the 31:46 mark. Adetoye picked up her second assist of the game on the goal.

The Cowgirls and Vikings played a scoreless second half and the Cowgirls found themselves in overtime for a UW record, sixth time this season.

Portland State outshot the Cowgirls 6-1 in the two extra periods but neither defense gave any ground and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Freshman Ashley Sheppard and sophomore Lauren Hawthorne split time in the UW net, picking up the tie. They combined to make nine saves.

"We did a great job of battling all game long," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "It wasn't the prettiest game but we came back and answered them twice, and that was big. We showed a lot of character coming back after each one of their goals. We worked really hard to come back and get the tie and I am proud of our effort."

The Cowgirls will return to action this Friday in their Mountain West Conference opener. They will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. to take on the Air Force Academy Falcons in a 7 p.m. match. The Cowgirls will return to Laramie for their final non-conference match of the season against Northern Arizona next Sunday afternoon. Game time on Sunday is set for noon at the UW Soccer Stadium.



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