Cowgirls Soccer Returns Home; Celebrates Victory Over Colorado College
From the desk of Amy Dambro
LARAMIE – The Wyoming soccer team (8-3-2 overall, 3-2-0 MW) returned home and had a solid 3-1 victory over the Colorado College Tigers (7-4-0, 3-2-0 MW) on Friday afternoon.
Colorado College came out as the aggressor to begin the game. They would get the ball on net four times in the first 18 minutes including two that goalkeeper Cristina Salazar would need to scoop up. Senior Jessie Gentle had the Cowgirls first look, but goalie Jade Odom would corral the shot. The Tigers hard work would pay off in the 36th minute as a cross from Kiley Sutter was volleyed in by Abby Hubbard for her first goal of the season to give Colorado College a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later in the 37th minute, Amber Vokoun would score the equalizer. She would get a cross from Brittney Stark from the right end line to tap it in. After 45 minutes, the two teams headed in to the break all even at one.
Back to back shots in the early part of the second half by the Tigers were snubbed out by goalie Hannah Lee. She stopped two more before the Cowgirls would take the lead in the 60th minute. Gentle found herself open up at the right side of the box and buried it past Odom. Wyoming had a couple of additional scoring opportunities but came up empty. At the 71:54 mark, a corner kick from Gentle would find Savannah Warner in the box and she knocked in the header for an insurance goal for the Cowgirls. Wyoming would go on to the 3-1 win.
“Obviously, we are just happy to be at home,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “I’m so proud of this team and it was said earlier in August, but there is something special about this team. It’s a great group of young ladies and they are motivated. We have great leadership and everyone has bought in. When games have been tight and at this level every game is important, it’s been those times the team has come together.”
Stark had a game high three shots followed by Gentle with two including the goal and an assist. Senior Taylor Burton and Warner each logged 90 minutes a piece. Goalkeeper Lee had six saves in her fourth win of the season. Colorado College outshot the Cowgirls 16-10 and had five corner kicks compared to three by Wyoming.
The Cowgirls will continue play at home on Sunday against the Air Force Falcons. The match is set for 12:30 p.m. MT.