Women's Soccer

Cowgirl Soccer Locks Up Postseason Appearance With Tie Against Air Force on Senior Day

Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle and the UW Defense kept the Falcons from scoring for 110 minutes of play.

Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle and the UW Defense kept the Falcons from scoring for 110 minutes of play.

Oct. 30, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team and the Air Force Falcons played each other to a 0-0 tie at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex on Saturday in Laramie.

The tie brings the Cowgirls' final regular season record to 7-9-3 and 1-3-3 in the Mountain West Conference, guaranteeing UW a spot in the MWC postseason tournament. The tie eliminates the Falcons from postseason contention and brings their record 8-9-2 and 1-5-1 in the MWC.

"I am very proud of the team. They have battled three matches in a row and got the result we need in all three," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We knew Air Force was going to throw everything at us, and we answered with some solid defensive play."

The action between the Cowgirls and the Falcons began early with each team trading shots in the first 15 minutes of the game. Wyoming's Carmen Blume started things off with a shot in the third minute that went just wide of the Falcon goal. The Cowgirls kept the offensive pressure on, as senior defender Chelsea Coddington took a shot five minutes later that forced a save by Falcon goalkeeper Kelly Stambaugh. Air Force answered the Cowgirl pressure with two consecutive shots of its own but did not make it to the UW goal. The Cowgirls were able to keep the offensive pressure on the Falcons, taking nine more shots during the half but only one more was on goal. Wyoming outshot Air Force in the first half 11-3, but was unable to get the go-ahead goal. The Cowgirls and the Falcons went to halftime with no score.

The second half began with a very early breakaway opportunity for Cowgirl Ellen McCormick, but the Falcon team made the save just beyond its goal. The Falcons applied the early pressure in the second half, taking four early shots, with two of them forcing UW keeper Courtney Merkle to make the saves. The Cowgirls' best chance to score in the second half came in the 59th minute. Cowgirl Liz O'Reilly got an open chance in front of the USAFA goal, but Falcon keeper Stambaugh was able to get her hands on it to make the save. The Cowgirls and the Falcons again traded shots to end the half with neither able to get a goal. As the 90th minute ticked away, Wyoming and Air Force remained tied 0-0 and went to overtime in an attempt to decide the match.

In the first overtime period Air Force was the team forcing the offensive pressure as they took two shots. The first USAFA shot came in the 91st minute that hit the crossbar of the UW goal. The Cowgirls also had their own chance to score in the 99th minute, but it went over the Falcon goal. The first overtime period ended just as it started tied, 0-0.

The second overtime period came with less action between the Cowgirls and the Falcons, but Air Force had the lone chance to score in the period. In the 110th minute Air Force's Stephanie Patterson took a shot that UW keeper Merkle got her hands on to make the save. The clock hit 110 minutes and the Cowgirls and the Falcons remained tied 0-0.

The Cowgirls outshot the Falcons 23-17, with six shots on goal to USAFA's seven.

Sanchez was very happy with the play of his seniors today and throughout their Cowgirl careers.

"Our seniors have been great on and off the field, and we are happy we got them a chance to play another game by getting the result today," Sanchez said. "They have been great ambassadors for Cowgirl soccer and they will be missed as much off the field as they will on the field.

"We know we are going to play a very good team on Wednesday, and we hope to play with the same intensity we have for the last three matches,"

The Cowgirls will now travel to San Diego, Calif., for the MWC tournament beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 3, with the time and the opponent to be announced.

 

 

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