Cuadrado Becomes Winningest Soccer Coach in Cowgirls History
From the desk of Amy Dambro
LARAMIE – Behind goals from three different players, the Cowgirl soccer team (10-3-4 overall, 5-2-2 MW) earned a 4-0 shutout over the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-11-2, 1-8 MW) on Friday afternoon, and handing head coach Pete Cuadrado his school-record 64th win.
The Cowgirls also reached the 10-win mark for the fourth time in five seasons.
“I thought we executed our game plan tremendously right from the kickoff,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “We were trying to do what we wanted to do, get balls in the box and expose their three back and we did a nice job with that. After getting those two early goals, we just wanted to keep going. The game is 90 minutes for a reason and to get those early goals is great, but the game isn’t over. We knew they wouldn’t go away and would keep fighting. This was a much better effort from our team.”
Wyoming struck quickly to begin the game with a goal in the second minute. Senior Alyssa Murray had a cross to fellow senior Morgan McDougal in front of the goal and she would bury it in past goalie Kendal Stovall. Two minutes following Murray was on the other end as a cross off the corner was knocked around and finally kicked in to score her first goal of the season to make it 2-0. Not much would happen for either team over the next 30-plus minutes.
With 40:36 on the clock, sophomore Madison Barrick would get her first goal of the season. The goalie would come out and misplay the ball and she would dribble it in. In the 43rd minute, she would get her second goal of the game with a shot from the top right around 20 yards out to make it 4-0 headed in to the halftime break.
In the second half, the Wolf Pack came out strong and recorded three shots in the first ten minutes but with no results to show for it. The Cowgirls also had some good opportunities which also came up empty handed. In the 88th minute, Nevada had its best chance after a foul in the box by Wyoming. Kylie Minamishin lined up for a penalty kick but it would fly high over the cross bar. Wyoming would go on to the 4-0 victory.
“It’s obviously an honor to have the most wins in school history,” Cuadrado added. “Not to downplay it, but it’s more about our administration, our program, support of our fans and everyone that has worked with our program. It’s just a culmination of all of those factors, hard work and I want to thank those people that have helped us get there. We’ve established ourselves as a competitive team in the Mountain West that’s going to battle for a championship which is something we want to do.”
Barrick led the way with four shots with two on goal. She became the third player this season to record two goals in a game. Senior Annika Clayton did it against South Dakota and junior Summer Taube against New Mexico. Freshman Savannah Warner played all 90 minutes while Murray and Burton played 82 and 79, respectively. Wyoming and Nevada each recorded 11 shots each while the Cowgirls had six corner kicks compared to two by the Wolf Pack. The four goals also ties a season high most in a game.
The Cowgirls host UNLV at 1 p.m., Sunday.