Wyoming Outlasts UNLV On Penalty Kicks In Opening Round

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Seventh-seeded Wyoming advanced past No. 6 UNLV on penalty kicks (4-2) after tying 1-1 in the opening match of the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 4 at the UNM Soccer Complex. It was the first shootout in the MW tournament since 2008, and seventh overall in Conference postseason history.

The Cowgirls (7-10-4) will play No. 3 Boise State (11-6-3) in Tuesday’s second round at 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT.

“Facing Boise State, it’s going to be a tough game tomorrow, especially with a twenty-two hour turnaround,” Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado said. “We are going to have our hands full. Boise is a great team. I thought they took it to us when we were up there so we will regroup and get ready and get back after it tomorrow.

“This game we get to enjoy it tonight. For us it’s been a tough season just battling so many injuries. Friday our starting goalkeeper (Alex Boehm) went down and (Abby Lindsay) steps in and makes the two biggest plays of the game so to see our team rewarded for that is great.”

Tied 1-1 after regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods, the two teams moved to a shootout. The Rebels’ Jenn Wolfe took the first penalty kick attempt and missed, and then had their next shot stopped by Cowgirls keeper Abby Lindsay.

Wyoming converted on its first two shots, then put the match away in the fourth round when Kristin Howard beat UNLV keeper Kylie Wassell.

"I didn’t expect the double overtime or the penalty kicks because I thought we had them on their heels," said UNLV coach Michael Coll.

Down 1-0 at halftime, the Rebels (10-9-2) tilted the field in their favor in the second half. They netted the equalizer in the 69th minute when Jenn Wolfe pounced on a loose ball in front of the Wyoming goal. Neither team could string together a threatening attack the remainder of the half, or in the two extra periods.

The Cowgirls controlled the pace of play in the first half, pushing the ball deep into Rebel territory on numerous occasions. In the 36th minute, Sara Paul slid a well-played ball past the UNLV defense onto the right foot of McDowell, who chipped it into the net.