Cowgirls Soccer Scores Early, Not Often, Drop MW Opener at San Diego State

From the desk of Amy Dambro

SAN DIEGO – Senior Annika Clayton gave the Cowgirls an early lead, but San Diego State rallied to hand the Cowgirls a 2-1 loss in their MW opener.

The Wyoming soccer team (5-2-2 overall, 0-1-0 MW) suffered a tough 2-1 loss against the San Diego State Aztecs (3-6-0, 1-0-0 MW) on Friday night.

 With 29:49 on the clock, Clayton got a pass from freshman Caitlin Pickett, and from 10-yards out hit a right to left cross cage shot which connected to the back of the net for a 1-0 Wyoming (5-2-2 overall, 0-1-0 MW) lead.

San Diego State(3-6-0, 2-0-0 MW) had three shots in the remaining 15 minutes of the half, but one went wide and the other two were saved by Salazar. SDSU outshot the Cowgirls 5-3 and each team had three shots on goal.

San Diego State came out strong to begin the second half with two early scoring chances. The Cowgirls countered with shots from Clayton and Brittney Stark. The Aztecs continued to put on the pressure and would score the equalizer in the 69th minute. A shot 30 yards out to the far post by Chloe Frisch evened things up at one all. Less than three minutes later with 72:19 on the clock, Sarah Broacha assisted on a shot by Yasmin Ahooja from six yards out front.

“I thought we created a ton of good chances and need to find a way to finish a few more,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “We battled for 90 minutes but had a couple of lapses in concentration on the defensive side and a good team will make you pay for that.”

Clayton and Brittney Stark each had three shots in the contest while Pickett had the lone assist for UW. The first of her career. Senior Taylor Burton and freshman Savannah Warner each logged 90 minutes. Three Aztecs recorded two shots each. San Diego State outshot Wyoming by one, 12-11, and had nine shots on goal compared to five by the Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls will continue play on the road against the New Mexico Lobos on Sunday afternoon. The match is set for 12:30 p.m. MT in Albuquerque.