Aug. 26, 2011
OREM, Utah - Wyoming used a pair of second-half goals to top Utah Valley, 2-0 on Friday night at Clyde Field. Up next for the Wolverines will be Miami on Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission to the game - UVU's first against a school from the ACC - is free.
Natalie Young led all Wolverines (1-2-0) with two shots on goal in a category where UVU doubled Wyoming (1-2-0) eight to four, but it was the two goals that found the net that made the difference.
"We increased our shots on goal and our shots overall, but I don't know if we really challenged Wyoming enough," said head coach Brent Anderson. "Seven of our eight shots on goal were from 25-30 yards out, so we really were not getting into the box like we would have liked. We did have a few good shots, but we have to do a better job of getting into the attacking third and the box specifically."
The Cowgirls got their first goal when a drop kick by Lauren Sack ricocheted off of a Wolverine and to Kasey Curtis, who buried the ball in the bottom right corner.
"The team played fairly well tonight," Anderson said. "Defensively we did a good job and were organized, and then gave up a silly goal. From there we were forced to play catch up and were unable to."
Down a goal Anderson was forced to push forward a few more players that led to Wyoming's second goal in the 78th minute. Liz O'Reilly received a pass from the middle while streaking down the left side of the field to beat a diving Sack.
"By pushing a few more players forward we got caught out of position," Anderson said. "We had so many players forward and gave up the second goal."
Sack finished with two saves while Courtney Merkle stopped all eight of the Wolverine shots on net to pick up the shutout.