Wyoming Soccer Gets Big Conference Win Over Air Force
Nov. 2, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In the final three minutes of today's University of Wyoming/Air Force soccer match, UW sophomore Marci Crank scored the game winning goal, putting the Cowgirls up 1-0 and giving them their first conference win of the season.
Wyoming (3-10-3, 1-3-2 MWC) played a tough match that remained gridlocked at 0-0 until 86:10 when Crank played the ball down field and drove it into the Falcon's net in spite of heavy Air Force pressure. This was Crank's first goal of the season, as well as her first collegiate goal.
Air Force (7-10-1, 2-4-0 MWC) made a spectacular effort throughout the game, especially dominating the Cowgirls in the second half. They outshot UW 21-11. Ten of those shots were saved by UW goalie, Lori Scheider.
"I think overall we played well and didn't give up," said Wyoming's head coach Anne Moore. "Air Force is a tough team. They never quit and they're always pressuring us. It was good to see we were able to step up and put the ball in the back of the net."
Today's win over Air Force is the first time the Cowgirls have ever defeated the Falcons in their six meetings. It's not only the first conference win of the season for UW, but the first Mountain West Conference win since the Cowgirls defeated the University of New Mexico, 1-0, in Albuquerque on Oct. 17, 1999.
"It's a relief (to get the first conference win of the season). We've played well all season but haven't gotten the results. It's nice for once to get a win, especially going into the conference tournament. It gives us confidence. Now we know that not only can we play with the teams in our conference, we can beat them," said Moore.
The Cowgirls have one final match before the MWC tournament in Las Vegas
next week. They host the University of San Francisco in a make-up game,
Sun., Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. to conclude their 2001 regular season.