Cowgirl Soccer Upsets San Francisco, 4-2
Nov. 4, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team ended their regular season on a high note with a solid 4-2 victory over the University of San Francisco at UW Soccer Stadium today.
The Cowgirls (4-10-3, 1-3-2 MWC) played a spectacular match against the Lady Dons (9-8-1, 2-3-0 WCC) and came back from a goal deficit twice in the game before taking the lead.
San Francisco struck first when Caty Harris scored at 2:44 into the match. Wyoming wasn't phased, however. They played the ball well and kept switching fields, eventually scoring at 21:34. Freshman Melissa Bowman scored after a quick drive down the field by UW. Junior forward Sara Stephens assisted the goal.
In the second period, USF again came out strong. Rebecca Shook scored the Lady Dons' second and final goal of the game off a feed from Alana Healy ten minutes in. The Cowgirls came right back again. Senior Abby Mouch headed a ball into the back of USF's net after a corner kick and a couple of rebounds failed.
With the game tied at two a piece, the Cowgirls kicked it into overdrive. Stephens made an amazing play when she broke away from the field and drove in the go-ahead goal for Wyoming at 68:59. She then knocked in an insurance goal off a play by Sancy Florquist at 76:43.
San Francisco made several attempts to regain control, but could not get past Cowgirl goalie Sarah Kuyper. Kuyper made 11 key saves for UW on 24 shots by USF. Wyoming only put up 14 shots, but made them count.
Wyoming's head soccer coach Anne Moore was pleased with her team's performance this weekend. The Cowgirls notched their only conference win on Fri., Nov. 2 when they defeated Air Force, 1-0.
"This was a huge end for us," Moore said. "We finally got two deserved
wins this weekend after being so close all year. This gives us great
momentum going into the conference tournament."
Today's match was also the final home contest for the Cowgirl seniors.
"I thought the seniors played very well," Moore said. "They came out and hustled and went out on a very positive note."
Several young players also stepped up, getting considerable time to help "save up" the starters for conference action this week.
"The second team did a great job stepping in, they didn't let the game drop. It was a positive experience all around."
The Cowgirls head to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference tournament this week. Wyoming tied for sixth in the conference standings with Air Force. They take on number three ranked UNLV in the first round on Wed., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.