Cowgirls Claim Front Range Derby
GREELEY, Colo. - After a scoreless opening half, the Cowgirl soccer team assembled a relentless attack in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory over Northern Colorado and claim the Front Range Derby Thursday evening at UNC's Jackson Stadium.
The win improves Wyoming's record to 6-1-0 overall with its sixth straight win, breaking the school record of five consecutive wins from the 2009 season. The Bears fall to 2-3-1 on the year with the loss.
"I'm thrilled with the victory and pleased with tonight's effort," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "I think we're hitting our stride and executing the game plan each time around. We adjusted in the second half and got it done. We beat a tough Northern Colorado team."
Following a handball in the Northern Colorado box early in the second half, Cowgirl junior Olivia Mohtadi took the penalty kick and put it past UNC keeper Natalie D'Adamio for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Mohtadi's fourth of the year as she leads the team and is currently tied for third in the Mountain West for the category.
Mohtadi later earned another point when she served a cross to teammate Lucie McDowell, who headed it into the corner of the net to increase the lead to 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining.
"Olivia placed it perfectly and Lucie did a great job of knocking it in," Cuadrado said. "It was the best play we've seen this year."
The Cowgirls return to Laramie for a matchup Sunday with its first Pac-12 opponent of the year in Washington State.
"The Cougars are a very good team and have one of the top RPIs in the country," Cuadrado said. "It will be a good measuring stick for where we are as a team and on a national level. We'll need to be at our best if we're going to be successful against them."
The kickoff against Washington State is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.