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Cowgirls overwhelm ‘Wolves

September 18, 2011 | 4:47 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

It’s always a risk to play an out-of-conference match once the conference play starts. The Thunderwolves took this chance and traveled to Laramie, Wyo., to tangle with Wyoming on Sunday.

The results were not encouraging.

Cowgirls Sara Paul and Sheree Small combined for three goals to lift Wyoming (5-4-1 overall) over CSU-Pueblo (3-2 overall) on Sunday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Paul scored goals in the 13th and 50th minute and Small added one goal in the 60th minute for the Cowgirls.

“It was nice to score some goals today,” Wyoming coach Danny Sanchez said. “We were able to get a lot of players a lot of minutes today. The win really helps us keep building toward the beginning of conference play in two weeks.”

Both teams began the first half with early shots on goal. The Thunderwolves’ Morgan Purkey put the first shot of the game on goal in the second minute, but Cowgirl keeper Meagan Burke made the save. The Cowgirls’ Paul answered right back with a shot on goal of her own in the third minute with CSUP keeper Erin Stephens making the save.

Paul had her second chance at goal in the 13th minute and capitalized on it. Allison Masumiya passed a through ball to Paul who got behind the CSUP defense and was one-on-one with the keeper, Paul kicked it low to the right post and past Stephens for the goal.

Wyoming kept on the attack taking six more shots in the half with two on goal, but Stephens had the answer keeping both out. After CSUP’s first shot on goal the Cowgirl defense stiffened and did not allow another shot on goal in the first half.

Wyoming’s offensive attack came out and scored on its first shot of the second half. Cowgirls Paul and Masumiya hooked up for a second time in the game at the 50-minute mark. Masumiya kicked another through ball passed the CSUP defense to the waiting Paul who kicked it in the back of the Thunderwolves net.

The Cowgirl offense was not done after its second goal and 10 minutes later put the game out of reach. In the 60th minute, Small took a deflected free kick in the front of the CSUP goal and booted the ball past keeper Savannah Thompson.

The Cowgirls and the Thunderwolves traded shots for the next 20 minutes before CSUP ended the UW shutout. In the 80th minute, CSUP’s Gabby Gonzales broke away from the Cowgirl defense and put a shot to the back post of the UW goal that slipped past keeper Courtney Merkle. The CSUP goal made the score 3-1 in favor of UW. When the final horn sounded the Cowgirls remained on top 3-1.

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